I’m sure everyone’s heard by now the horrendous news that Dr George Tiller, one of the few late-term abortion providers in the US, was shot dead as he attended his local church this morning.

For some naïve reason I thought Paul Hill’s execution had ended this kind of fucked up anti-choice hate. Obviously I was wrong. And obviously the words “pro-life” mean absolutely nothing to some of those who profess to be its staunchest advocates.

American feminists are right: what happened today was an act of terrorism. The targeting of abortion providers is a deliberate strategy designed to scare clinic workers away from providing an essential service, and a deliberate strategy to scare women away from seeking those services.

Let’s hope the bastard who did this is caught soon.

My condolences to Dr Tiller’s family, friends and co-workers.

Update: Apparently Wichita police now have someone in custody.

And Randall Terry, the founder of Christian anti-choice hate-group Operation Rescue has issued a statement about Dr Tiller’s murder:

“George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller’s killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder.

Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches.”

What a fucking charmer.