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June 1st, 2009
12:50 PM ET

Dr. Tiller shooting: What we know about the suspect

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/06/01/kansas.doctor.killed.charges/art.tiller.kake.jpg caption="Dr. George Tiller was one of the few U.S. physicians who performed late-term abortions."]

Judy L. Thomas
Kansas City Star

The suspect in custody in connection with the slaying of abortion doctor George Tiller was a member of an anti-government group in the 1990s and a staunch opponent of abortion.

Johnson County sheriff's officials said Scott P. Roeder, 51, of Merriam, was arrested on I-35 near Gardner about three hours after the shooting.

In the rear window of the 1993 blue Ford Taurus that he was driving was a red rose, a symbol often used by abortion opponents.

Those who know Roeder said he believed that killing abortion doctors was an act of justifiable homicide.

"I know that he believed in justifiable homicide," said Regina Dinwiddie, a Kansas City abortion opponent who made headlines in 1995 when she was ordered by a federal judge to stop using a bullhorn within 500 feet of any abortion clinic. "I know he very strongly believed that abortion was murder and that you ought to defend the little ones, both born and unborn."

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  1. summerinb

    I just hope people realize that the Pro-Life movement is NOT about violence and the majority of us do not and will not condone such actions as a way to bring an end to abortion.

    June 1, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  2. Conservativemomof3

    I am a conservative by nature but am a staunch proponent of women's rights when it comes to abortion. I don't understand how anyone who states they are "pro life" feel it is "justifiable homicide" to kill a doctor who performs abortions. Do they not understand that this type of behavior will only rally the pro choice doctors? It doesn't scare them, it makes them more determined to continue to do what they believe is a service to women. He only performed late-term abortions on women who's lives were possibly going to be lost if the pregnancies were continued. He didn't use abortion as a form of birth control. I think the man who killed this doctor should get the death penalty. If he is a Christian as he states, then he should believe in an eye for an eye

    June 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm |