Dr George Tiller (see photo below) was murdered on the church doorsteps by a religious fanatic Mr Scott Roeder who has now been sentenced to 50 years of imprisonment. Dr George Tiller performed abortions to which Mr Scott Roeder objected. He stalked Dr Tiller before murdering him.
Lee THompson, attorney for Dr George Tiller's family gave press statement:
"The sentence handed down today was appropriate. It is the most severe penalty available to Judge Wilbert under Kansas law. This crime was cruel and heinous not only because it took our husband, father and grandfather; but because it was a hate crime committed against George – but also against all women and their constitutional rights.
We only can hope that this sentence will serve as a deterrent to those who have conspired and continue to conspire to murder abortion providers. Certainly everything possible should be done by the prison system to insure that this man does not continue to foment hatred and violence from his prison cell.
Dr. Tiller's story is being told every day in the lives of the women he helped. His legacy cannot be diminished by the act of a single terrorist.
We appreciate the efforts of District Attorney Nola Foulston and Assistant District Attorneys Kim Parker and Ann Swegle, their entire staff, and all law enforcement personnel who have been so helpful to us over the years. "