June 2nd, 2009
07:36 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Mission to Kill Doctor?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/06/02/kansas.doctor.killed/art.roeder.mug.jpg caption= "Scott Roeder, 51, is being held on a first-degree murder charge and two counts of aggravated assault."]

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The man accused in the shooting death of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller has been charged with first-degree murder. Scott Roeder, 51, appeared in a Wichita, Kansas courtroom today via a video hookup from jail. Prosecutors revealed today they won't seek the death penalty "under the facts and circumstances that are known at this time." That's what District Attorney Nola Foulston told reporters.

Police say Roeder shot and killed Dr. Tillman Sunday morning at his church, where he was serving as an usher.

Tonight, we'll have all the angles on the case. Don't miss the 360° exclusive interview with Roeder's ex-wife. She says his anti-abortion rhetoric was so strong it scared her. We'll also speak with another abortion provider who was friends with Dr. Tillman. Is he worried he could also be targeted for death? And, we'll talk with a woman who chose not to get an abortion even though she was told her baby wouldn't live that long after birth.

We also have breaking news on Air France Flight 447. Brazilian authorities are reporting tonight they found debris from the jet in the Atlantic Ocean, but no survivors. We'll show you where.

We'll also take you to Little Rock, Arkansas where a man is accused of homegrown terrorism. According to investigators, the man killed one U.S. soldier and wounded another at a military center yesterday because he was angry over the treatment of Muslims. The suspect is a Muslim convert. He pled not guilty to the charges today in court.

Join us for these stories and more starting at 10pm ET.
See you then!

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  1. manny

    abortion. the problem with america is that it doesn't ask of the ultimate autority of morality....GOD. whie you may get away with immorality within our adulterous and perverse generation, no one who kills innocent life will escape judgment from GOD. When america begins to agree with GOD then it will begin to remove iteselt from HIS judgments. NEVER will we experience blessings from God living in such a state of complete and utter sinfulness. God does not lie, only man does. Thus saith the LORD. Hear and obey HIM, or destroy yourself in sin. YOU CHOOSE.

    June 3, 2009 at 1:23 am |
  2. Mark L.


    How about inviting on the parents of women who have died at abortion clinics getting an abortion?

    June 3, 2009 at 1:22 am |
  3. Mali

    Dear Anderson,

    My son, Isaiah, was induced on 5/28/09 at 6 months old with trysome 18 by doctors recommendation. My husband and I made the decisoion for pre-mature delivery based on the research given to us by our genetic counselor and doctor for the sake of our son. Isaiah had an amphalocele of his liver and organs on the outer part of his abdomen as well as the trysome 18.
    The researchers reviewed dozens of studies and medical reports and said the data indicate that fetuses likely are incapable of feeling pain until around the seventh month of pregnancy, when they are about 28 weeks old. The last thing we wanted to do was delay delivery and the possability that our child would suffer because of our moral, religious, or social values. The simple truth is that he had zero chance of survival and the longer we waited to terminate, the more likely Isaiah was to experience physical pain.
    We all have to make extremely difficult choices as women who love so deeply and the last thing we need is some psychopathic, unempathetic man to dictate that experience. Bob Marley said it best, "Who feels it knows it". Let the woman who truly know how difficult it is to bring and nurture life in this world make the decision.
    If we are really talking about humanity, it was our decision to be selfless and honor what is best for our children and it is we who determine there future in spite of public opinion or what was socially acceptable. The faith is in humanity and trusting in one another to honor it.

    June 3, 2009 at 1:12 am |
  4. Janine from PA.

    People who are siding with this shooter should realize that they are siding with someone that his own family calls mentally ill. From what the ex wife has said this shooter did not even do much with his own son yet he thinks he has the right to murder doctors who have given medical services to a woman? Maybe he should have been a good father and husband instead of sticking his nose in where it doesn't belong and get himself help for his mental state.

    June 3, 2009 at 12:57 am |
  5. d.slayden

    I read where dr. tiller's friend ,the dr in nebraska called the guy who killed dr tiller a terrorist...who's the terrorist here the guy murdering thousands of babies who are now being raised by angels in heaven or the guy who stood up for those helpless babies. dr tiller murdered babies all week long and the goes to church on sunday to be an usher...what a hypocrit

    June 3, 2009 at 12:53 am |
  6. CR in OK

    The list of horrible fetal problems and maternal health risks in carrying to term is endless. Women do still die and almost die trying to give birth. So many women and their families are confronted with a nightmare and no good choices or options. The law and politicians must stay out of these issues and decisions. But our government could decrease abortions of "normal" but unwanted pregnancies by offering free permanent sterilization and all forms of contraception to those who want it, and mandating that insurance cover all forms of contraception. As an OBGYN in Oklahoma am continually surprised and appalled that even women with insurance often can't afford their contraceptive of choice. In this abortion "problem", the fertilized egg definitely comes first. Prevention of spermination will definitely reduce pregnancy termination...

    June 3, 2009 at 12:52 am |
  7. Gregg

    So you're saying we should kill the killer who killed the killer?

    June 3, 2009 at 12:46 am |
  8. Ezigbo

    There is a justification for every action taken by a person, but the killing of Dr. Tiller in its entirety is unjustifiable. I can't believe someone who claims to be championing the pro-life cause and claims Dr. Tiller is a murderer, will go out of his way to murder his supposedly 'muderer of children'. What have we learnt from legends like Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Lurther King, Robert F. Kennedy, etc.? Is this how we press our cause and ideologies? What message are we trying to pass on to the next generation? In a free world like ours, the hipocrisy (which can only be compared to that of the Pharisees in the Bible) is souring; we continually preach a thing and do the opposite. We should be able to respect other people's views and judgements because that's what democracy requires from us; and we ought to apply empathy positively in all our actions, knowing that our rights stop where that of another person begins. Afterall, as Albert Einstein posited, 'only a life lived for others is worth living. That's how we make our world a better place. I sincerely grieve with the family and friends of Dr. Tiller, who was simply acting based on his professional callings, and his patients who acted based on what they felt was best for their life and their family's. This murderer should be made to face the full force of the law, because he didn't respect the life of a fellow human being like him, nor the sanctity of the Church (where he committed his dastard act). For the Pro-Life and Pro-Choice views: proponents of both views to abortion should be allowed to comprehensively argue it out in a non-violent way, and the State should make it's decision by putting all likely situations into consideration; because it's what makes our policies and society healthy. Diversity has made our country what it is today, and since we believe in freedom, we should be allowed to practise it.

    June 3, 2009 at 12:44 am |
  9. Lynn

    From Fr. Frank Pavone; Priests for Life:

    Some will listen to those in the pro-abortion movement who try to lay blame for violence on us and who, as one person wrote on my blog, think that saying "Abortion is murder" should be prosecuted because it leads to violence against abortionists.

    The Church teaches us that we have to look evil in the eye. John Paul II, in "The Gospel of Life", said that we have to call evil by its proper name. This is no time to shrink back from the reality of what is going on every day in abortion. Children are being killed, and the reason it continues is that too many of our fellow citizens are blind to it.

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in his Letter from the Birmingham Jail, responded to criticisms that the civil rights activists were fomenting violence. No, he said. That's like saying the person who owns money is fomenting the activity of the robber. To expose the violence that is already occurring, to call it what it is, and to sound the alarm that it has to stop, is not to foment violence.

    The pro-life movement is a movement of non-violence. As Ghandi and Dr. King taught, and as we teach, non-violence is not passivity, and it is not obscurity. It is a force. It is a clear and strong response against violence, in whatever form that violence takes.

    Let the outcry against Tiller's murder be loud and clear. And let the outcry against the murders he committed – and that other abortionists commit - be loud and clear as well. * * *

    June 3, 2009 at 12:41 am |
  10. hungry in the south

    @Wanda Jones- your a class act. How is that "change" you voted for coming along??

    June 3, 2009 at 12:35 am |
  11. JoyceH

    Hey, is the definition of terrorism, 'when a Muslim kills someone'? Because I noticed that the word terrorism didn't show up on the show tonight until the coverage of the soldiers' shooting. Yes, that was certainly terrorism, but so was the doctor's assassination.

    It's about time we started calling the intimidation, threats, vandalism, and violence committed by anti-abortion extremists what it is – it is terrorism.

    June 3, 2009 at 12:32 am |
  12. Pat

    Dr. Tiller was a man of science and medicine. He performed late-term abortions for women who were pregnant with babies who would not survive or would die painful deaths after birth, he performed late-term abortions on girls as young as 11, rape victims, girls who may not have even started to menstruate, how would they know they were pregnant. Many don't realize the circumstances these women find themselves in – choosing to believe that doctors are just killing babies, and by golly, someone should put a stop to it.

    People who choose a late-term abortion do so in desperation, not as a means for birth control. Late-term abortions are rare and under most circumstances, medically warranted. The propaganda spread by Anti-abortion supporters would have the public believe that women are going in to have late term abortions because they "simply don't want the baby". Utter and complete nonsense.

    An emotional argument with little basis in fact, but the American public as a whole is prone to react emotionally rather than to use reason. It's why sensationalism in the media is so prevalent.

    I wonder if Nancy Grace spent any time covering Dr. Tillman's murder.

    Nothing steels my resolve more than to see clinics and doctors targeted because uneducated brainwashed fundamental wingnuts go off the deep end. I'm donating more money to Planned Parenthood.

    A woman's right to a medical procedure shouldn't be up for debate. If men were the ones who took on all the risks, this whole debate wouldn't even exist.

    Abortion should be rare, accessible, safe, and legal.

    Ever wonder why insurance companies will pay for Viagra and not pay for birth control? Me too. God bless our misogynistic country.

    June 3, 2009 at 12:31 am |
  13. mary harris

    I am very concerned about the people who reply to such blogs and items. English seems to be a second language, and the ability to discern the issues is minimal. I would recommend that they get coaching help in writing, use the spell check on their emails, and carefully consider what they write. Otherwise, I discount all, or most of all, of what has been written here.

    June 3, 2009 at 12:30 am |
  14. Yvonne M

    I saw your story last night of the women who had to terminate her pregnacy due to a defect. I found some of her claim that the pro-lifer's are threating her, I found it untrue and just a big lie. I know women who have had a abortion and not for a good reason like she had. I would understand having to get a abortion for that reason. I myself when I was younger did have one and I haven't had anyone try to harress me! I'm sure it's just a way to blame the pro-lifers who want nothing more than to save lives. Every one deserves to live. One point she didn't touch on are those who do have a abortion, do live to regret it and you never forget! There is actually a support group–Silent no More Awareness. Many of these women have to get cancelling. That's something the government should look into: help fund this. I was pro-choice but now am pro-life. I would hope to get more involved to help women who have had an abortiion.Especially since there is such a large number and I agree with your comment above: It's such big money. A friend of mine who is from Kansas, had mentioned he was excommunicated from a luther church in Kansas. She's on tweiter and she has a video. Something to see–L-Republican. Her video is so accurate. The problem with Dr. Tiller I think he thought he was god. And to do this type of procedure –late term is so risky for the mother– I'm sure many women did not make it, because it's such a risky procedure. All in all, I don't condome this type of behavior and feel sorry for the tiller family. May god bless us all! Thank you for reporting this–I love seeing your show–Great Work! A Fan–Yvonne

    June 3, 2009 at 12:16 am |
  15. Donna Cox

    I too was was touched by Diane's story of her choice to carry through to term a pregnancy with a child who was doomed for death. She was obviously very fortunate to be surrounded by a loving and supportive husband and extended family, as shown in the photos. It is unfortunate that all women are not blessed with that kind of strength and support. All too often, women who choose to terminate do so because they literally have no one.
    As a mother of six (four of them special needs children whom we have adopted) I cherish each and every one of my children, and I am thankful that they were given life, but I know first hand that there are thousands of children in this country with no one stepping up to care for them. Those of you who wish to see abortions end, should spend your time as I do, here in the trenches caring for children that have been born and all but thrown away. Three of our children have multiple disabilities and DHS could find no one to take them into their homes, if we hadn't stepped up, I shudder to think where they would be today. We need to put an end to this horrible trend of using violence to make our voices heard and put our passions to action. If you really value life, then value the lives of all of humanity and most especially the forgotten children that are left in our god forsaken, broken foster care system. Adopt a child, mentor a child, foster a child, protect a child. Put your money where your mouths are and vote to fund the programs that educate and give medical care for these kids and stop electing candidates that want to slash every program that supports these kids that are born to parents that don't want them.

    June 3, 2009 at 12:11 am |
  16. Holly

    She refused medical help for the doomed child, choosing to let her die a natural death. The woman last night made the choice to abort, which was her right. How can anyone say that the choices are different when the outcomes are the same? In essence, both women chose to terminate their pregnancies; the only differences were the time and the method.

    Both were tough decisions but thankfully, both women had the choice to make them.

    June 3, 2009 at 12:09 am |
  17. Michael Schumann

    I think this wacko should be charged with a Hate Crime. I see no sound reason that he is not eligible for a possible Death Penalty.

    As the man haunted Dr. Tiller's Clinic and attacked and killed in public in his Church, why are there no stalking charges?

    I generally oppose the Death penalty but his is a murder with special circumstances. I would call it an assassination, given its political aspect..

    Supposedly Pro-life, this killer had no respect for life or law.

    June 3, 2009 at 12:07 am |
  18. Rob

    I would like someone to please finish the sentence.....right to choose what? Women's right to choose what?

    I have no doubt that women who have abortions are confronting all sorts of varied issues, all of which are painful. But at what point do we really just talk about what is happening. We are destroying life. We can argue about the viability, medical resons, the use of abortion as birth control etc, but at the end of the day, a life is terminated. You cannot ever get around that.

    I guess we can't be suprised that in the true spirit of captalism, an industry rises to make billions annually in taking life. Women clearly have the right to choose. They have the right not to be victimized by an industry that does not care about their health or well being. They have a right to be shown an ultrasound so they can be fully informed as to what they are about to do. They have a right to be supported and helped.

    They just maybe, they would truly have the right to choose. And at some point we might just think about the little life, regardless of health, that might want a choice in the matter as well. If it's a girl, what about her right to choose......

    June 3, 2009 at 12:05 am |
  19. Diana

    My first pregnancy was difficult and I almost died. My first child was born at six months when I went septic because of a simple infection. For months we prayed and were at the edge of human endurance. Every hour was either a defeat or a victory. My child survived with a few medical problems and challenges that we face daily. He is loved.
    My second pregnancy was unviable. The baby was not predicted to even survive to term. I spent thousands of my dollars to travel to one of the nations predominate medical facilities for a second opinion. The money was a challenge as we are working class but the child was planned and much wanted. The medical opinion was the same. The child would most likely not make it to term and that by waiting for nature to take its course, I would endanger my own life. The choice was to endanger my life, possibly leaving my existing child without a mother while enduring extreme financial hardship or terminate. With an extremely heavy heart and many, many tears, I chose my life and my family’s life. The woman who chose otherwise on your program without endangerment to her own life was very lucky. I applaud doctors who allow us the choice. A man of conviction and possibly the savior of others has been killed. I grieve for his family and our loss of a most likely fellow human being with understanding and compassion.

    June 3, 2009 at 12:05 am |
  20. Holly

    Sharon, I agree 100%! It was premeditated murder, pure and simple.

    Regarding the whole issue, it is not my right to tell anyone else what to do nor to pass judgment on their decision. Abortion is a medical procedure that is morally neutral. It a decision that is to be made among a woman, her doctor, and her god, higher power, whatever. No one is forcing anyone in the USA to have an abortion, but take away the option and you are forcing birth on women who may not be ready or able for it.

    The high and mighty rightists and the Vatican are both against birth control (to prevent pregnancy), and abortion (to terminate pregnancy). Sounds like they are talking out of both sides of their mouths to me.

    Finally, when you "moralists" are so quick to quote the Bible, remember this one, "Judgment is mine, sayeth the Lord."

    June 3, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  21. Teresa

    Diane Elder was very convincing of her painful path until she disclosed that the newborn infant "sat up" and took her last breathe before she expired. No newborn has the muscle strength to hold its head up– let alone sit up. I think Ms. Elder dramatized this a bit. The pro-life movement will stop at nothing to show that "life" constitutes anything that is created between two humans. Sometimes things go wrong and the dream does not develop. To make a woman bring a non-viable baby into this world is an irresponsible and cruel burden that should only be her Choice. Delivering her baby was Ms. Elder's choice!

    June 2, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  22. Katherine

    I was so grateful to tune in and view the interview with Diane Elder– It meant so much to me to hear her personal story. I was also touched by how respectfully Anderson listened and allowed the time for her to completely tell her story. It is rare nowadays to see a news program that does not frantically dart from topic to topic as if there is no expectation that the viewers can hold their focus for longer than a few seconds. This is the kind of news reporting that will draw me back to this program. Thank you, Anderson.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  23. Monique

    Nobody is allowed to take someone's life,that is the mistake here.
    Nobody forces someone to take an early or late abortion,people decide to kill innocent babies,even if they stopped the doctors from doing it,they will still do it artificial which is now more dangerous to both mother and the baby........Anderson, i have hard a terrible artificial abortion, i did it so not because i was unable to go to the doctor but because i wanted it to be secret,i almost died from drinking more than 10gallons of concentrated juice,and lots of sieved tea,the baby came out well but i tested death,God helped me big time,what am i trying to say here,i think doctors are trying to help save our lives,they don't force you to do it,they tell you the effects and they let you decide if you wanna do it or not!!!
    Im not supporting anyone here,its you,yourself and your baby!!
    Don't Kill,Make wise decision!!

    June 2, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  24. Miguel

    People who believe Roeder should get the death penalty are bigger murdering hypocrites than a man who would kill to stop the killing of babies who do not yet have a voice and to whom this government affords no rights.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  25. Ryan

    Deciding to deliver a baby and knowing that it had no possible chance of surviving or living a normal life is cruel. People talk about courage, but it does not take courage to see a living being suffer and then say it was ok for it to die naturally. I am pro-choice and it was her decision to have it, but it should not glorified.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
  26. susan eros

    The woman that chose to have the deformed baby– it was all about
    her like look what a hero I am having this baby. At the same time,
    she would deprive other women of that choice.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
  27. Marilyn H

    I just watched the interview with Diane Elder, and while my heart goes out to her on the loss of her child, I can't help but wonder why people need to embellish their stories with details that are completely ridiculous. She stated that when her infant was about to die her breathing became more faint, and "she sat up, and then fell back" and passed away. Well, if this newborn infant "sat up" then she truly was a medical marvel. Please don't insult my intelligence by exaggerating to the point of the ludicrous. It doesn't help your credibility at all.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:49 pm |
  28. Minnie Mouse

    Hi Anderson and America, i was thirteen when my drug addicted mother kicked me out onto the streets., i became a victim of human trafficking. I visited the health department almost everyday as my body was my only means of survival. I was young and ignorant and considered humans to be nothing more than walking talking masses of flesh. People had no feelings about hurting others and feelings never mattered.
    When I became pregnant at thirteen, my aunt never gave any other option than abortian.
    That was my first of four to follow. I knew the process... get pregnant... get money... kill the baby. The baby was not real as long as I never saw it, it had no feelings.
    The last abortian I had was a late term abortian. The doctor and nurses instructed me to look away but I disobeyed and turned my head for a brisk second. I saw my baby as a real human as it lay on the metal tray, fully formed and bloody. I was stricken with the truth. The truth was, I was a murderer. A mass murderer.
    I am very fertile. My grandmother had thirteen pregnancies. I soon became pregnant again and chose life. This decision changed my life. I turned my life around with the help of welfare and foodstamps. These most needed resources allowed me to survive without selling my body. They provided an avenue for me to break the chain of dysfunction,. get an education and technicaL training and provide a safe home for my daughter.
    i agree that the realasolution is education and therapy for young vulnerable, low income girls. Had I been exposed to a mentor or a caring mother figure, those children would have never been concieved.
    Don't hate the abortian doctors. They are not the enemy. The solution is not to stop abortian. It is to prevent unwanted pregnancies from the point of inceptian.
    I am pro-life and I love all life. I love the doctors... not what they do. We should pray for them and when God is ready to convict them in their spirit for what they are doing, they will stop. We are not to judge others,,, that is the job of only one.
    The murder of this doctor was simply the outlet of aggression of an angry, unforgiving man. The hatred of this man is the same hatred every man is capable of. He needed to be stopped long before this.
    The government or local law enforcement should become more active in protecting the health care providers. Pickets and marching should be illegal on any place of business. It is a form of hatred and ignoranace.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:49 pm |
  29. Elaine

    I have always liked the saying "If you are against abortion, don't have one.' Therein lies the dilemma. Those who do not believe in abortion are determined to force their beliefs on everyone else, and yes there is a faction that are Terrorists. I told my husband when Obama was elected that they would go right back to killing doctors.There are too many different situations involved with unwanted pregnancies to allow blanket regulation by government, as if government is more capable of making this choice than the individual woman. I personally experienced rape by a stranger at age 11, and my family doctor ensured that I was not pregnant, illegal at the time. All of you out there who are so pro life, I would like for you to have been the ones to look a 14 year old traumatized, Stockholm syndromed Elizabeth Smart , as an example only, in the eye and tell her and her parents that she had to have her rapist's baby. Later in life I had abnormal tests showing my third child at 18 weeks likely had spina bifida. For ten days until the tests came back and i found out she was fine, I agonized over this terrible choice. She is 20 now, but still the thought that the government, comprised mostly of men as are most of the Pro Life leaders, would insert itself into my life and take that decision away from me, as if i were morally or intellectually incapable of making such a decision, is just infuriating. Dr Tiller courageously helped women at the most difficult time in their lives. I pray for his family in this difficult time.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:49 pm |
  30. Carr

    i was amazed at the Mother that spoke tonight of having NATURE TAKE IT"S COURSE, whereas a few nights ago when a mother who's son had cancer said the same thing was not allowed to make that choice. The child was forced to take medical treatment, which many cancer patients say they would NOT choice for themselves.

    Pro-Choice does not mean Pro-Abortion. It means – 'I can't make the decision for you; It is your choice.' God works in many ways.

    I can not tell a mother to take the life of her baby or let it live whether the baby is in the womb or 13 years of age.

    My problem is the presentation of Pro-Choice. I do not believe in abortion, but I cannot tell anyone that abortion is not an option if the baby is going to be brain dead or un-loved.

    Please represent PRO-CHOICE as it is. People that are pro-choice actually are saying – LET GOD MAKE THE DECISION (maybe through the parent). It really is GOD's choice decided through the parent.

    If we instill the morales, which we have not, in the American society – Pro-Choice really is a good thing for the family and society as a whole.

    When you 'Display' parents that have babies that are destined to die on national TV, it is their choice to go through that pain and let the baby experience that pain. It may be the choice of other parents NOT to subject their child to such pain.


    June 2, 2009 at 11:49 pm |
  31. mary

    I am a diabetic, and an OB/Gyne. As a resident, our hospital did abortions at 20 weeks when the fetus was not viable or when the woman's life is at risk. Prior to the procedure, each case was brought before a committee of clergy, ethicists, physicians and nurses and the woman had to interview with them. In other words, these procedures were only doneto save the women's life or because the fetus was not viable. As a severe diabetic who has children and uses birth control, if I became pregnant and the fetus was not viable I would not hesitate to discontinue the pregnancy so that I could live to take care of my other children.

    Pregnancy if very risky for many women and even birth control is not 100%. These decisions are not made easily and there needs to be a way to save the women's life if that is the decision that the family makes. Either way someone will possibly die, the prolife advocates need to realize they are choosing the fetuses life over the woman's.

    Also, OB/Gyne's do not make millions of dollars. Many times it is 1/10 of that after years and years of education.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:47 pm |
  32. Luie

    Mr. Cooper,

    I think it was outstanding that you made the effort to show both sides of the late term abortion issue. It shows quality news reporting when any reporter goes the extra mile as you do always. The solution is evident, you just answered the question by showing both stories. The woman who chose not to have the baby and the woman who chose to have those precious 12 hours. The answer is choice, a woman's choice and that choice is between the woman and her beliefs. In a free country, how can the government choose for you? Outstanding report and thanks for doing a great job everyday!

    Hialeah Gardens, Fl.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:47 pm |
  33. Gillian

    Maybe we should all be working toward creating a world where ALL children are wanted, loved and protected and abortion just becomes obsolete NOT illegal!!

    June 2, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  34. Drew S

    Dr.Tiller performed an Abortion on my girlfriend in 1990. It was very early in the pregnacy;however, it was a hard decision.I wasnt then and still am not a proponent of Abortion,but I belive that it still has to be the Womens choice.
    As far as justice for Dr.Tillers murderer,he should be tried and put to death. If he truely belives God wanted him to do that, then he can go to Heaven,get high fives from God and be a heavenly hero for a perfect head shot kill in a church.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  35. tmb

    I still can't understand how someone can be prolife and for death penalty. Are these people hypocrites or just don't know what is life.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  36. Matt

    I wonder if this guy is competent enough to even realize the nature of this crime, killing this doctor. First of all, does he even realize the history of boneyard abortions doctors used to perform? Second, let's say that abortion truly was abolished, late term anyway.... would it be better for two humans to die, or give the woman a chance to live?

    June 2, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  37. brandy

    My baby girl died at 32 weeks. i was devestated. she was my first child and my parents first grandchild. since my daughter had alrady died they had to induce my labor. that was more painfull for me then my c-section i had with my son. i would not wish yhis on my worst enemy. if there is anyway possible to save a family the horror of what we went through i hope that they are able to decice what is best for them. While i lay in my hospital bed at 4am on september 9th 2001 my blood pressure was through the roof i had to decide whether or not to have my daughter baptised. whether or not to have an autopsy and last of all make funeral arrangements. That was very hard i was very sick and if felt lke a bad dream that still to this day is not over.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  38. lewis

    God judges everyone God also gives everyone the right to choose the way they would go we all have to remember the women went to Dr. tilman for their own personal reasons just as we choose. some of us think their choice was wrong based of our own bible teachings. The man that shot and killed Dr. Timan did he help this situation was it worth hurting his son did he think about what his son will go through the rest of his life what about the wife and children of Dr. tilman.
    I feel that abortion is wrong and the killing of the Dr. Tilman was wrong. We pass judement very quick about what is right and wrong.
    what a woman decides is her own bussiness her own body her right

    June 2, 2009 at 11:42 pm |
  39. Todd Larsen

    One more comment, I read another bloggers comment and it is interesting regarding a "woman's right to choose" who and where did she get this right from. I'm not trying to be antagonistic but there has to be an ideology behind that statement and I as of yet have not herd the reason for it. A little help. Thanks

    June 2, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  40. Kristin

    For anyone who supports the killing of the physician, I ask you this. How can you possibly support what you condemned the physician for? In your mind, if the physician was a "murderer", then how is the accused any different? Such blatant self-serving hypocrisy. As I remember it, the commandment is "Thou shalt not kill". Period.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  41. Dharris

    Although it is sad that tiller was shot, I can't get over the fact that someone who performs abortions, especially late term would have the nerve to show his face in God's house. And that he was shot on the name of religion is equally disturbing. Both men, both of whom were religious, must have forgotten "thou shalt not kill"

    June 2, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  42. Gillian

    The woman tonight who shared her story of NOT having a late term abortion was very moving. As was the woman yesterday who shared her story of having gone through with a late tem abortion because of fetal abnormalities.
    The key word however should be Choice.
    Each woman chose how to proceed in her situation. How would both of them have felt if there were no choice!
    Each situation is personal and private to the woman and her family, it is so easy to make judgement when you are on the outside looking in.
    I personally would not choose an abortion, however I could not accept losing my right to make that choice for myself and my family.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  43. eileen

    Thank you, CNN, for airing the interview of Diane Elder.
    It was refreshing and uplifting to see a person love and cherish her precious baby. Diane Elder is my hero and the most courageous woman I have ever seen. I hope that her story inspires people to cherish human life from conception to the time of natural death.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  44. Kathy S

    What a beautiful story by Diane Elder. Though she and her family suffered, they chose life over death. I commend her for making that choice.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  45. Laine


    The Dr. you interviewed didn't even answerr your question about whether he only performs abortions on women whose lives or child's lives are in jeopardy. Shame on you! He sounded like a sleazy politician and you didn't even follow-up.


    June 2, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  46. pat

    This man should be put to death... Why is it people who are so concern with life choose to kill. This lady you had on claiming she choose to keep her baby alive after 5 mos and knowing this child would not live. How selfish can you get?? This was about what she wanted not what was right for an innocent unborn baby. And how does she know this baby did not suffer....she dosen't.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  47. Cris

    Yeah, that's a very touchy subject now, and I think that regarless of what his (or mine) were about abortion, taking someone's life to prove a point is rather senseless.


    June 2, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  48. Rosemarie Rung

    The interview with Diane Elder was the best interview ever. So many life messages that transcend the abortion debate. AC managed it expertly and I'll remember it (and learn from it) for years to come.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  49. Annie Kate

    I found Diane Elder's story very compelling and one of the best stories 360 has had on in a long time. She was so eloquent in telling her experience and she handled her situation with great courage. Thank you so much for having this woman on the show.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  50. David

    I can't believe Diane Elder could get on your show and claim that her child did not suffer when she said that the baby had problems breathing. That is called suffering in the medical world. Though I applaud her for making the decision she did but don't claim that the baby did not suffer.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
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