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June 1st, 2009
08:54 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Abortion Doctor Killed

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

Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

A Kansas late-term abortion doctor named George Tiller was gunned down at his church in Wichita, Kansas-he was a long-time target of anti-abortion activists. There is a suspect in custody, Scott Roeder, held without bail and charged with first-degree murder.

Attorney General Eric Holder is ordering increased security for other individuals and abortion facilities across the nation following this shooting. Gary Tuchman is flying to Kansas to give you the latest on this story tonight.

GM is filing for bankruptcy-it will be the 3rd largest in US history. As part of the reorganization, the US government will gain 60% stake in the new company, and the pricetag for tax-payers is $30 billion. GM will cut 20,000 jobs and a dozen plants will go dark by the end of next year. Ali Velshi offers his analysis on all this.

An Air France passenger jet is missing, the airline says it received a message from the lost plane signaling an electric problem while going through an area of thunderstorms and turbulence. There were 228 people on board. This plane left Rio De Janeiro last night, and should’ve arrived in Paris early this morning. There is a search underway near the Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha.

We are never lacking in political news as well–Judge Sonia Sotomayor has a big week ahead. She will go to Capital Hill to woo Congressional members and make her case for confirmation.

British singing sensation Susan Boyle finished second on the show “Britain’s Got Talent” over the weekend. It was an anticlimactic ending for millions of fans who fell in love with her following a performance that became a huge Youtube hit. UK media report she is “exhausted and emotionally drained” and has been taken to a clinic. Oh, the price of fame. Richard Quest joins us tonight to offer his take.

See you at 10pet!


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  1. david

    The irony here is this – in reality the murderer is Pro Choice. He believes it is his right to do what he wants to do with his body, his finger. Even if that action ends the life of someone else. So make no doubt about it his actions prove he is pro choice.

    If you are outraged by this murder, your outrage may mean you are pro life, so welcome to the pro life side of the world. We are outraged by all murder and all death. So maybe you're not as pro choice as you thought.

    June 2, 2009 at 7:24 am |
  2. Alex

    Murder of a human being is an unforgiveable act under most circumstances (the except is in defense of another or one's self). I'm glad some "right to lifers" see this murder as a horrible act, while apparently others indirectly suggest it was a justifiable act. Shame upon you few who believe one life is worth more than another! That is pure hypocrisy!

    June 1, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  3. GH

    Does anyone stop to think about the family and friends left behind and grieving by this man's murder? If abortion is murder (and I'm not saying one way or the other), then two wrongs don't make a right. As for why they released the suspect's name, I'm willing to bet he proudly and fervently admitted to the crime.

    June 1, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  4. Larry

    Why do they release the person's name if he is just a suspect?

    June 1, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  5. robyn caffrey keyser wesr virgina

    att : anderson
    this storie is so sad , ( and so sick '

    as ' knobody ' holds a gun to the one who signed to get rid of there fetus.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  6. GF, Los Angeles

    Let's have some statistics of children raised in the foster care system and orphanages because they were brought into the world yet the parents nor relatives wanted to keep them. Let's also have some statistics of the number of anti-abortionists who adopt these children. Did the gunman even bother to adopt a child or two? I find it pathetic that people will go to such extremes to protect unborn children yet do nothing for those who already exist in the world.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  7. Krasi

    If you believe that abortion is taking a life and that is wrong, why would you take a life to fix the supposed problem?

    June 1, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  8. Kristen - University Park, PA

    Chrise I agree with you. Lets see some statistics for the unborn children that have been aborted, particularly late term abortions.

    Still its ironic the gun man was against killing unborn children but had no problem killing a living human being.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  9. Hilde

    I'd like to see a story on some of the stories of the women that were to be helped this week by Dr. Tiller. There is often a small window, medically speaking, for them to have the procedure to save their lives, their health. What about the women that had appointments in the coming weeks? They and their families are already suffering and now they have nowhere to go? This morning when I heard the news I cried and was so ashamed that this could happen in America. I've never had an abortion. I'm the proud mama of a rambunctious, perfect 2 year old who was planned and is loved. I've held the hands of friends who have made the painful decision to end a pregnancy. That this man who was a medical provider for women who desperately needed him was gunned down in cold blood has chilled me to my core. I'd like to hear more about the fallout from this heinous act. These women have stories. Someone should give them their voice.

    Thank you.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  10. Sara

    The death of Tillman is a pure act of terrorism in our own country.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  11. chrise

    Dear Anderson Cooper,

    I have heard all of the statistics for the deaths of the abortion doctors since 1994. Can you find out what the statistics are of the unborn children that have died?

    Very interested, as my grandchild is one of them.
    Chrise

    June 1, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  12. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Good Morning Penny

    Such doom and gloom for another "Happy Monday "

    The prospect of GM going bankqurupt is so sad for the 3rd largest industry and the job losses for the employees .The economy is not on an upswing i mean with the joib loseswho will fing these people jobs? I pray that the passengers of the air France flight will be safe and poor Susan Boyle it's a case of too much hype for this simple plain jane woman who was thrown into a media frenzy i hope she will recover.

    Thanks for the buzz
    Michelle D.

    June 1, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  13. Cindy

    I can't believe that someone killed an abortion doctor. That is just ridiculous! How is that murder any different than the ones that some perceive Tiller was doing by killing those late term babies? It isn't. It just made Roeder as bad as he thought Tiller was. Violence is never the answer for anything! You can protest all you want but to kill the man is just nonsense since you are fighting to save lives.

    It's about time that GM filed for bankruptcy. They should have done this long ago and stopped trying to put off the inevitable. There really was no way around it at all. Maybe they can totally restructure after this and make more proficient cars and trucks now.

    I don't really care if Susan Boyle lost or not but I do love seeing Richard Quest on and can't wait to hear his take on this thing. He is just too funny!!

    Cindy..Ga.

    June 1, 2009 at 9:41 am |