Dr. Tiller's Women's Health Care Services is one of the few reproductive health clinics in the country where late-term abortions are performed. It is one of two clinics in the Plains states that perform late-term abortions. The clinic was first bombed in June 1986, and was severely vandalized earlier this month. According to the Associated Press, his lawyer said wires to security cameras and outdoor lights were cut and that the vandals also cut through the roof and plugged the buildings' downspouts. Rain poured through the roof and caused thousands of dollars of damage in the clinic. Tiller reportedly asked the FBI to investigate the incident. In 1991, Dr. Tiller's clinic became the focal point of nationwide protests with Operation Rescue targeting the clinic with its "Summer of Mercy" protests. In 1993, Dr. Tiller was shot and wounded in both arms by Rachelle Shannon, a Christian fundamentalist who belongs to an organization called the Army of God. At her 1994 trial, Ms. Shannon testified that she had considered bombing Dr. Tiller's clinic after she learned that the shooting had not stopped him from performing abortions. She added that "if somebody kills George Tiller, I would not assume they did the wrong thing." Can it be any clearer that this is a lunatic fringe that will stop at nothing to impose its warped values?
The Lawrence Journal-World and News relays that Kansas City station KMBC reported a post-it note with a phone number for Operation Rescue in his car at the time of his arrest.
So a bombmaker, tax protester, member of the "sovereignity" movement, anti-abortion zealot and Operation Rescue member: the arrested suspect manages to fit every stereotype of right-wing militia teabagger.
No doubt much more information will be forthcoming later; Roeder is not expected to be formally charged until Monday.
Kossacks have dug out a few more bits of information about Scott Roeder:
NoiseWithdrawal found an article about his 1996, when he was linked to the Montana Freemen:
A man identified by the FBI as a member of the anti-government Freemen group was arrested yesterday after deputies found what they called a bomb-triggering device in his car.
Scott Roeder, 38, of Silver Lake, Kan., was arrested in Topeka and held on charges of criminal use of explosives, driving with a suspended license and failure to carry registration and insurance.
Roeder was stopped because his car didn't have a legitimate license plate. Instead, it had a tag indicating the driver was a "sovereign" citizen and immune from Kansas law.
The same type of tag is sometimes used by Freemen, whose members in Montana are in the fourth week of a standoff with federal agents.
Roeder's name is included on an FBI list of Freemen, said Shawnee County Sheriff Dave Meneley.
In Roeder's trunk, authorities found fuse cord, a pound of gunpowder and two nine-volt batteries, one wired to a switch - the alleged triggering device. Ammunition and a blasting cap also were found in the car.
And via Twitter from twitter.com/problemchylde and twitter.com/TeresaKopec, on an Operation Rescue website called Charge Tiller (which in the last 30 minutes or so has been taken down), there's this comment, posted on Monday, September 3, 2007, by a Scott Roeder from Kansas, almost certainly the same Scott Roeder alleged to have assassinated Tiller:
It seems as though what is happening in Kansas could be compared to the "lawlessness" which is spoken of in the Bible. Tiller is the concentration camp "Mengele" of our day and needs to be stopped before he and those who protect him bring judgement upon our nation.
It appears that Roeder decided the he couldn't wait for God to pass judgment, so he assassinated Tiller himself
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For those who would like to think today's murder in church of Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider, is an isolated incident, here's the horrifying news: You are wrong. The pattern is clear and frightening.
Randall Terry, Operation Rescue Founder, Says He's More Concerned About Obama's Reaction Than Tiller's Murder
"George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller's killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder.
Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches."