HBO is developing a drama about an abortion provider in Wichita, Kansas, based, it seems, on the late Dr. George Tiller, who was murdered by anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder in 2009. Tiller was one of the last doctors in the U.S. who provided late-term abortions and therefore was constantly terrorized by so-called “pro-lifers.” Alan Ball of “True Blood” will be developing “Wichita” with journalist Devin Friedman, who penned a 2010 article in GQ magazine about Tiller’s murder.
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Yesterday Kansas District Judge Warren Wilbert sentenced Scott Roeder, the anti-abortion extremist who killed abortion provider Dr. George Tiller at his church in May, to the harshest possible sentence. Roeder received a “Hard 50,” which means he must serve 50 years in prison before he will be up for parole.
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- It only took 37 minutes for jurors in Wichita, Kansas, to convict Scott Roeder with first-degree murder in the death of Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider who Roeder shot to death on May 31. Earlier this week, Roeder had taken the witness stand in his own defense and told jurors, “I did what I thought was needed to be done to protect the children. I shot him. If I didn’t do it, the babies were going to die the next day.” After the verdict, lawyers for the Tiller family issued a statement thanking the legal system and calling the verdict “just.” [New York Times]
‘This’ is not going to be a debate about abortion,” Sedgwick Country District Judge Warren Wilbert said recently. But even if with the best of intentions, what he’s presiding over will seem to a lot of people to be about abortion — the trial of Scott Roeder, the anti-abortion extremist who has confessed to shooting to death Wichita abortion provider Dr. George Tiller last May. Yesterday, the judge announced he would allow Roeder to plead “voluntary manslaughter,” that he murdered Tiller because he honestly believed he was saving unborn babies.
To say women’s rights activists find Judge Wilbert’s decision controversial is putting it mildly … Keep reading »
- One month before late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was murdered by an anti-choice extremist, the FBI in Kansas City received an anonymous letter warning them that Scott Roeder posed a physical threat to abortion providers. The FBI said they didn’t heed the letter as a credible threat, apparently because the letter writer was involved in a custody battle with Roeder. [The Wichita Eagle]