Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tiller's abortion clinic: soon the home of anti-abortionists?

Once more displaying their curious affinity with parasites and overall slimy creatures, anti-abortionists are now saying they'd love to purchase the abortion clinic that used to be Dr. George Tiller's until his murder, and which was shut down forever by his family. Troy Newman, current president of "pro-life" group Operation Rescue, stated he would want to buy the clinic in an effort to expand his group, ensuring an even better offensive against women's reproductive rights.

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — The group that tried for years to put slain abortion provider Dr. George Tiller out of business is interested in buying his now-closed clinic, its president said.

But Tiller attorney Dan Monnat wouldn't discuss the idea, saying, "I'm just not going to respond to every irreverent publicity stunt or comment by these extremists."

Operation Rescue president Troy Newman said that his group has discussed the idea of buying the tan, windowless clinic. He made the comment after the Tiller family announced that the clinic would be closed permanently.

"I would love to make an offer on that abortion clinic, and that's some of the discussion that we're having," Newman said in a telephone interview Tuesday from his group's headquarters.

Tiller was shot May 31 while serving as an usher at his church. Scott Roeder, 51, resident, has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault.

The clinic building and the land upon which it sits were appraised this year at $734,100 for tax purposes, according to county records available online. Those records show that Tiller and the clinic owned an additional $51,600 in personal property. The owner of the building and property is listed as J & G Enterprises, formed in 1993. Tiller's widow, Jeanne, is named as the resident agent, or the person who would receive legal papers.

Newman's group bought another former abortion clinic in 2006 for its headquarters, but he said the group needs to expand. "We need a bigger office," he said.


"We would love to see that place established as a center for life, one that nurtures and cares for babies, rather than taking their lives," Newman said of Tiller's former clinic.

Still going on about "taking babies' lives", I see. Do these guys even have the brains go buy a dictionary now and then and look up that term they use so much? I wasn't aware an ignominious, misshapen blob of cells fit the criteria of a "baby". I also wasn't aware why it's so freakin' wrong or immoral to terminate a late-term pregnancy if the child poses an actual credible risk to the woman, physically or mentally – which is a requirement for a late-term abortion, anyway. It's not like women just waltz in and go "Yo, Doc, gimme an abortion, will ya?". Even if anti-aborts seem to think it is.

Anyway ... Can't say this wasn't predictable at any rate. The act of taking over your enemy's stronghold once you've defeated them is as old as humanity itself. Consider this a low-level territory victory for abortion foes.


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