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Dr. George Tiller, a Kansas-based late-term abortion provider, was shot to death this morning while attending church services.

Things to do if you despise abortion:

-Become a comprehensive sex educator - teach children how their bodies work, how pregnancy happens, and how to prevent it from happening, to help eliminate the need for abortion.
-Lobby for broader, cheaper access to contraceptive services and supplies to help eliminate the need for abortion.
-Hand out condoms.
-Assist women in accessing emergency contraceptives.
-Engage in peaceful protest.
-Offer information on abortion alternatives to women who are considering such options.
-Say a prayer.
-March on Washington.
-Offer physical, financial, spiritual, and emotional support to women who find themselves unexpectedly and undesirably pregnant.

Things not to do if you despise abortion:

-Walk into a house of worship and murder a fellow human being.

There is no way, shape, or form the individual(s) behind this act can be characterized as "pro-life" ever again.

I have people from all points on the abortion spectrum on my flist. I respect everyone's views, whatever they may be, and I make no secret of my own personal beliefs and convictions; but you don't have to be pro-choice to be angry about this.

I am infuriated, I am indignant, and I am deeply saddened. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I mourn for those women and families who will be in need of his services henceforth. I pray for the peaceful repose of Dr. Tiller's soul. And I hope with every fiber of my being that the perpetrators of this act are brought to justice.

I am, for the first time in recent memory, making this entry public.

Comments

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reasontoshine
May. 31st, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
There is no way, shape, or form the individual(s) behind this act can be characterized as "pro-life" ever again.

Exactly. I mean you've summed up everything pretty well, but I just don't understand the hypocrisy of this action. I don't understand the pure hate in the world to cause this action. And I don't understand how people could feel positive about this in any way, shape, or form. It's just terrible.
harrysmom
May. 31st, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
There is no way, shape, or form the individual(s) behind this act can be characterized as "pro-life" ever again.

Amen to that! Killing someone is the most UN pro-life thing you can do and to do something that heinous in a house of worship is beyond reprehensible.
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sunsplashbarbie
May. 31st, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I agree with every word. Missed your posts!
jennifer0246
May. 31st, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
devastating news.
rose_starr
May. 31st, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
There is no way, shape, or form the individual(s) behind this act can be characterized as "pro-life" ever again.

That has always been my biggest argument with people who claim to be 'pro-life' but condone such things. How they can think it's okay to kill a living, breathing, walking around human being as a statement to stop abortion is utterly BEYOND me!!!!

I also don't understand how anyone can be against education as a way to stop unwanted pregnancies, which in turn, will greatly cut back on abortions. *sigh*

What happened is totally unconscionable.
natertatersmom
Jun. 1st, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
*sees you*

*snuggles you*
natertatersmom
Jun. 1st, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
you were the first person I thought of when I read about this earlier. It frightens me terribly. And it enrages me. And it stuns me. And I don't understand. And I just want to shake someone.

Just when we think we might actually be moving forward, someone always steps up to show us just how far there is still to go.

My prayers are with his family today.

they are also with you. Because, Gracie, you are loved.
manicmuffin
Jun. 1st, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
It frightens me terribly. And it enrages me. And it stuns me. And I don't understand. And I just want to shake someone.

Just when we think we might actually be moving forward, someone always steps up to show us just how far there is still to go.


My thoughts exactly! Thank you for that.
shiiki
Jun. 1st, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
There is no way, shape, or form the individual(s) behind this act can be characterized as "pro-life" ever again.

My thoughts exactly!

That is one sick excuse for a human being.
tunaeverynight
Jun. 1st, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
A big, fat YES to this whole post. How sad and unnecessary :(
daisymaeevans
Jun. 1st, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
I can't agree more! Do you mind if I recommend this post to others? This is absolutely perfect. My heart goes out to Dr. Tiller's family and friends. I hope that this insane act forces people who are normally silent on this issue to take a stand against such an outrage.
Hugs-
Daisy
shyshutterbug
Jun. 1st, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Please do; I don't mind at all.
pianochick
Jun. 1st, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
Totally completely agree. I thought of you when I heard this news. Which might seem strange - we're not exactly close, but and I like reading your posts and think you are awesome, and whenever I think of women's rights (which is a lot) I always think of you and people like you who are helping women every day, and it's so sad to think that people have such hatred towards such compassionate individuals. It just doesn't compute.
Thanks for this eloquent post!
marinshellstone
Jun. 1st, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
thank you for this. Can I link to it?
shyshutterbug
Jun. 1st, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
Please do!
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