[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/06/09/kansas.tiller.clinic/art.roeder.wpd.jpg caption="Scott Roeder, charged in the death of Dr. George Tiller, spoke to CNN on Tuesday."]
Program Note: Dr. George Tiller, whose Kansas women’s clinic frequently took center stage in the U.S. debate over abortion, was shot and killed while serving as an usher at his Wichita church last Sunday morning. His death has sparked much conversation about abortion and late-term abortion. Tune in to AC360º at 10 P.M. ET for more on the suspect in the case, Scott Roeder, and hear what he told CNN today.
An anti-abortion activist suspected in the death of Kansas doctor George Tiller told CNN on Tuesday the closing of Tiller's women's clinic is "a victory for all the unborn children."
Scott Roeder, 51, would not admit to CNN's Ted Rowlands that he killed Tiller, who was gunned down at his church May 31.
But he said if he is convicted in Tiller's slaying, "the entire motive was the defense of the unborn."
Tiller's family said in a statement Tuesday the clinic he headed will permanently close.
At the time Roeder was interviewed Tuesday, Rowlands had not received word of the permanent closure. But Roeder asked if Tiller's clinic was currently operating, and told it was not, said, "Good."
He said the closure would mean "no more slicing and dicing of the unborn child in the mother's womb and no more needles of poison into the baby's heart to stop the heart from beating, and no more partial-birth abortions."
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