The Prolife Movement & the Culture of Violence

September 2009By Judie Brown

Judie Brown, a Contributing Editor of the NOR, is President of American Life League and a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

I was 34,000 feet in the air when news broke about the murder of abortionist George Tiller. As I would have hoped, Shaun Kenney, executive director of American Life League (ALL), who was on the ground, issued the following statement:
    Leaders within the pro-life movement often discuss justice in connection with our mission to end the tragedy of abortion. Today, Dr. George Tiller's life ended in an act defying those principles.
    With genuine sorrow, we reflect on today's events in prayer. Justice for all human beings includes the lives of those with whom we fundamentally disagree, as well as the victims of abortion. We firmly hope the perpetrators of this act are apprehended, that the facts be made known, and that justice according to the law is preserved and dispensed.
    Today's actions were tragic and serve as another reminder that all human life is sacred. Pro-lifers, by our nature and commitment to human rights, reject violence as a means of resistance. Our thoughts and prayers indeed extend to the Tiller family and the community at Reformation Lutheran Church.
Senseless acts of violence should never be answered with any words other than those extended with the love of Christ.

Yet other statements made in response to Tiller's murder reveal that many have lost sight of the ravages wrought by the Culture of Death and the stranglehold it has on our national psyche. President Barack Obama's statement, for example, underscored the tragic disconnect prevalent among Americans that there is a difference between killing before and killing after birth. The president said, "I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence."

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For readers interested in a look at the psychopathy of people who murder abortionists, read the 1997 New Yorker article about John Salvi.

That's not to say that all murderers of abortionists have paranoid schizophrenia, but there's certainly some kind of mania that grips them, and it's sadly often clothed in religious extremism, usually Christian.
Posted by: Jack_Straw
September 22, 2009 03:47 PM EDT
All deaths are tragic. The murder of the unborn is a major problem for this country whether that is understood and agreed upon or not. Those who kill abortionists are wrong but that is not exactly a prevalent problem in this society - it happens but not that often (compared to the number of abortions) Those who do not believe in the sanctity of life or traditional values and the teachings of the Catholic Church love to deride those who are Christians who betray their values because of the contradiction between belief and action. The media is one of the best at this practise. It doesn't change the sin, the unlawful act, by their criticism nor does it contribute to a better society to do so. Pro lifers need to make their statement, as Kenny did, and move on ignoring the hypocrisy of their critics. Posted by: awunsch
October 30, 2009 07:41 PM EDT
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