A Death Opening Up Debate

One could say a lot about the man in this photo.  He looks gentile and kind, he looks like a happy man.090601_HN_GeorgeTillerTN

Some would also call him a murder.  A cold blooded animal, no better than scum. 

I suppose that’s more of a matter of who you are asking.

As for the man in the image?  He’s none other than slain abortionist, Dr. Tiller.  I suppose if anything his death has served a true purpose, at least as much purpose as a murder can.

Irony aside (an abortionist murdered, by a pro-lifer), Dr. Tiller’s death seems to have done something for both sides of the issue, his death has opened up the gates of conversation.

While some on either side are still clinging to the age old hard lined stances, others are actually conceding.  That perhaps, just perhaps they’ve all been a little too focused on the black and whites of a rather layered issue.

Yet, at the same time the assignation did succeed, Tiller what what many would call the worst of the worse, the end of the line of abortion.  He was the only one willing to provide the late term abortions.  He did what no one else would, in a quite fascinating article  Slate compares Tiller  to a veteran of war. 

Saying:

The people who do late-term abortions are the ones who don’t flinch. They’re like the veterans you sometimes see in war documentaries, quietly recounting what they faced and did. You think you’re pro-choice. You think marching or phone-banking makes you an activist. You know nothing. There’s you, and then there are the people who work in the clinics. And then there are the people who use the forceps. And then there are the people who use the forceps nobody else will use. At the end of the line, there’s George Tiller.

Although, I do call myself pro-life, even my own thoughts are indeed convoluted.  Perhaps not as reluctantly as some I will quickly concede to the shades of grey that abound in the topic.  Sadly others until Tiller’s death weren’t so vocal, instead choosing the statements of it’s on the woman’s shoulders if her actions were moral, or necessary.

The people who kill abortion providers are the ones who don’t flinch. They’re like the veterans you sometimes see in war documentaries, quietly recounting what they faced and did. You think you’re pro-life. You tell yourself that abortion is murder. Maybe you even say that when a pollster calls. But like most of the other people who say such things in polls, you don’t mean it literally. There’s you, and then there are the people who lock arms outside the clinics. And then there are the people who bomb them. And at the end of the line, there’s the guy who killed George Tiller.