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Ann Dahl, Published June 17 2009

Dr. Tiller’s life not honorable

The abortion debate came to the forefront with the murder of Dr. George Tiller, an action rightly condemned by the mainstream pro-life community. I appreciated Jane Ahlin’s Sunday, June 7, column in which there was a stated desire to see the abortion debate find “common ground.”

Recent surveys of attitudes do show that there may be some common ground on which many on both sides of the debate can agree. But surely, the practices of Tiller were not in that “common ground” category. He unabashedly performed abortions on women in their final trimester of pregnancy, and certainly many of those unborn could have survived outside the womb. Surveys have shown that even many who want abortion legal at some level do not find this practice acceptable, but brutal.

His murder was wrong and must be condemned, but his life work was certainly not “courageous and honorable.”