Tiller's murderer confesses: I killed to save babies

Scott Roeder admits to killing Dr. George Tiller and argues it was justifiable homicide

Published November 9, 2009 8:10PM (EST)

Scott Roeder, awaiting trial for the May murder of abortion provider George Tiller, has confessed to the homicide and plans to argue in court that it was necessary to protect fetuses' lives.

The Associated Press reports that "His confession comes as abortion opponents across the nation release a new 'Defensive Action Statement' arguing for the same force to protect the unborn as is justified to protect born children." 21 signers, including Eric Rudolph, James Kopp and Shelley Shannon -- "all serving prison time for targeting abortion doctors" -- have attached their names to the statement.


By Kate Harding

Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It, available from Da Capo Press in August 2015. Previously, she collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. You might also remember her as the founding editor of Shapely Prose (2007-2010). Kate's essays have appeared in the anthologies Madonna & Me, Yes Means Yes, Feed Me, and Airmail: Women of Letters. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a B.A. in English from University of Toronto, and is currently at work on a Ph.D. in creative writing from Bath Spa University

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