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Guard free speech in the aftermath of Tiller murder

USA Today, June 8, 2009

To the Editor:

The murder of George Tiller was an act of terrorism, plain and simple. While Tiller's practice of abortion was an abomination and should be illegal, private citizens should not take the role of judge, jury and executioner for a practice that is (sadly) legal. If Scott Roeder is convicted in a court of law after a fair trial by a jury of his peers, he should quickly be put to death. I said the same thing eleven years ago when abortionist Barnett Slepian was murdered.

I have no doubt that there will be attempts to restrict the content of speech in the future, using Tiller's murder as justification. Whether it is called "hate speech" or whether the excuse is that calling abortion murder is "inciting" violence, attacks on free speech are coming. The pro-abortion Left is already laying the foundation for that.

Nonetheless, I will not stop proclaiming that abortion is murder. Why? Because the plain and simple truth is that abortion is murder. Abortionists murder unborn children by dismemberment for profit, a truly evil act. The anti-abortion movement has made it very clear for many years that violence is completely unacceptable as a means of opposing abortion.

If President Obama is serious about a more "civil" dialogue on abortion, he will harshly denounce his own supporters for their rhetoric and demonization of abortion opponents. I doubt that will happen, though.

Scott Tibbs.

Note: The letter published in the USA Today was edited for length. This is the full version.