People have now apparently moved to blaming Bill O'Reilly and calling for better gun control laws in the wake of the death of Kansan Dr. George Tiller, a man whose name I did not know prior to the May 31st shooting of the doctor by an unbalanced anti-abortion advocate, Scott Roeder. I honestly had no idea that any physician would choose to be as public about his abortion practice - and practices - as Dr. Tiller was. He was apparently out-front and unapologetic about his practice, and heavily funded political candidates who supported late-term abortions. Dr. Tiller didn't just practice medicine, he was articulate and purposeful, even filming a video for women who came to Wichita, Kansas considering terminating late-term pregnancies. This fatal shooting was also not the first time Dr. Tiller was shot - a woman shot him with a pistol in 1993, and he returned to work the next day after receiving treatment for the wound.
There are a number of extremely unpleasant procedures that are done for late-term abortions. Dr. Tiller seems to have devised a method that actually meets some of the concerns of these procedures. His method of late-term abortion involved an actual delivery of a whole, deceased baby. Induction of labor and cervical dilation was induced by a variety of drugs and other techniques such as inserting laminaria (a medical device) into the cervix.
This is nowhere near as horrible as dilation and extraction (whereupon the baby is cut-up in the womb prior to being pulled out) or partial-birth abortion, an abomination that I have never comprehended how anyone who'd taken the Hippocratic oath could perform (it is so bad, I cannot repeat it here - google it if you want to know what they do. They do even worse things in China, where it is called "crowning").
So, here is a physician at hand who truly seems to have given the task he set for himself some thought. I will give Dr. George Tiller that credit. I do not agree with him, nor do I think any child should be aborted after 7 months of pregnancy for purely "voluntary" reasons as that is just plain cold-blooded murder - and the baby could be given birth to, live, and given up for adoption.
I will never listen to any of the screeching feminists (Joy Behar, etc.) because they never deal with any of the real issues. 75% of the hollering pro-choice freaks are men. At least 80% of abortions are conducted in the first place because some MAN does not want the woman to have the baby, be he a husband, boyfriend, or just one-night stand. The primary reason for late-term abortions, which Dr. Tiller's publicity material skirts, and the screaming Joy Behars of the world never acknowledge, as full of righteous self-entitlement as they are, is Down Syndrome, and a few other chromosomal defects discovered during amniocentesis. Down Syndrome is not a fatal condition. Nor is it debilitating to the point it will cause a life of "misery, pain and endless suffering." It's eugenics, pure and simple, and human brutality and fear that causes people to feel that they must abort a baby with Down Syndrome. Is it "fair" for a married couple who, upon learning their baby will have Down Syndrome at five or six months of pregnancy, decide that the baby they've been happily waiting for previously, is now a monstrous creature that must be destroyed? Only an ignorant, brutal point of view thinks of things that way. Yes, I do know people who've made that opposite choice from the one that I made. All seemed a little ashamed, and very angry, that anybody would say they'd chosen otherwise. That's the reaction most people have, when they have done something wrong. It is a tool that God has given us to understand how we should exercise our free will - otherwise known as "conscience."
Now - a single mother with no assistance or support, who is facing a lifetime raising a baby who will require millions of dollars of medical care, and who possibly may be born a "monster"? That is a question this mother should be able to decide. I cannot say it is right to stand in her way, or to look down on her, in a situation where there is no adoptive home, the "state" cannot realistically care well for such a baby, and neither can the mother. I think that was probably what Dr. Tiller was thinking. However, this website shows that, just as with everything else, Dr. Tiller was willing to "stretch" the sort of things he'd do in his practice for the money. Apparently, he had been on trial for questionable practices related to his medical services, and had been acquitted of these charges - it seems clear that the man who killed him was probably wrapped up in that process, and was pushed to violent action after the trial was over.
The thing is that, abortion, despite being one of the most politicized issues of our times, isn't really a political issue. It is a human issue. What do people truly think is right and wrong? Are they so cold-hearted that they think it's only a "medical procedure"? Like, getting a cortisone shot for tennis elbow, or having prostate surgery? Any woman who has been pregnant knows that, as soon as you feel life (for me, three months), it is obvious that there is someone else alive - inside of you. Yes, it is the mother's choice! People with love in their hearts can recognize that part of the human condition is giving birth, to carry us all forward to the next generation. Looking at what Dr. Tiller actually did, I think he showed a peculiar approach to how a physician should think and treat patients in that circumstance, but not, as Bill O'Reilly seemed to have featured - "Tiller the Baby Killer." Upon researching him, I was expecting to find a cold-hearted monster who was stabbing babies in the head and sucking their brains out (partial birth abortion - or dilation & extraction). Instead, he seemed to have gone to great effort to develop a procedure that was much less traumatic (though disturbing - babies' hearts were stopped by a drug injection, before delivery that occurred after they were dead). He offered funerals and the opportunity for mothers to hold the babies - which does recognize that a mother might choose to do this because of a truly traumatic medical condition (not the Joy Behar screaming kind, of course). Ninety percent are to save the life of the mother!!!! Bull. Shut up. She's a mother too, and wrote a godawful children's book. Nice to know somebody's looking out for everyone else in the true Gavin Newsome style ("Whether ya like it or not!!").