http://www.onenewsnow.com/Culture/Default.aspx?id=549290 WICHITA, Kan. - Late-term abortiontionist, George Tiller, has been shot and killed at his church in Wichita, Kansas. A suspect is now in custody.
His attorney Dan Monnat, says Tiller was shot as he served as an usher during Sunday morning services at Reformation Lutheran Church. Monnat said Tiller's wife, Jeanne, was in the choir at the time of the shooting.
The clinic run by the 67-year-old doctor has repeatedly been the site of protests for about two decades. A protester shot Tiller in both arms in 1993, and his clinic was bombed in 1985.
Police spokesman Gordon Bassham said the shooting occurred at 10:03 a.m. He said it is not clear whether one or more suspects were involved. Law enforcement authorities in Wichita have scheduled a 4:00 p.m. (Central) new conference to discuss the case.
The pro-life group Operation Rescue issued a statement denouncing the shooting. "We are shocked at this morning's disturbing news that Mr. Tiller was gunned down," said Troy Newman, Operation Rescue's president. "Operation Rescue has worked for years through peaceful, legal means, and through the proper channels to see him brought to justice. We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning. We pray for Mr. Tiller's family that they will find comfort and healing that can only be found in Jesus Christ."
Tiller has been among the few U.S. physicians performing late-term abortions.
He remained prominent in the news in recent years, in part because of an investigation begun by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, an abortion opponent.
Prosecutors had alleged that Tiller had gotten second opinions from a doctor who was essentially an employee of his, not independent as state law requires, but a jury in March acquitted him of all 19 misdemeanor counts against him.
Abortion opponents also questioned then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' ties to Tiller before the Senate confirmed her this year as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary. Tiller donated thousands of dollars to Sebelius over the years.