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8 June 2009

Funeral for Dr George Tiller

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of the US abortion doctor who was shot dead at a church in Wichita, Kansas, on 31 May.

Anti-abortionists had vilified Dr Tiller for being one of the few US doctors to perform late-term abortions, reports BBC News Online. His funeral was conducted in a different church to that in which he was killed by a single gunshot.

A man aged 51, who is believed to be an anti-abortionist, has been arrested and charged with the murder. Scott Roeder had occasionally attended services at Dr Tiller’s church two months before the attack.

Following the murder, US Attorney General Eric Holder pledged protection for “appropriate people and facilities”.

Dr Tiller’s clinic - called Women’s Health Care Services - had often been the site of demonstrations, and he had been shot and wounded by an assailant 16 years ago.

A small group of anti-abortionists demonstrated near the funeral which was attended by, among others, 50 motorcyclists from the American Legion Riders, who said they were there to honour Dr Tiller’s service in the US navy.

Shot abortion doctor buried in US. BBC News Online, 6 June 2009

Also read:

Comment: One family’s tragedy, not a political indicator. Abortion Review, 2 June 2009