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June 1st, 2009
10:02 AM ET

Abortion providers face serious threats

Abortion provider Diane Derzis speaks to CNN's Kiran Chetry about the death of Dr. George Tiller.

Abortion provider Diane Derzis speaks to CNN's Kiran Chetry about the death of Dr. George Tiller.

A 51-year-old man, identified by police as Scott Roeder, has been charged with the murder of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. Tiller was gunned down in Wichita, Kansas at his church yesterday.

Diane Derzis owns the New Women Health Care Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, a clinic that provides abortions and has for more than three decades. She spoke to Kiran Chetry on CNN’s “American Morning” Monday.

Kiran Chetry: You knew Dr. Tiller for years. What was your reaction when you heard about this shooting?

Diane Derzis: Absolutely stunned…also not surprised. We've all known that something like this was going to happen. The question was who was it going to happen to?

Chetry: Your clinic was the one that was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama, by Eric Rudolph, the suspect now serving time because of that.

Derzis: Right.

Chetry: What is it like going to work knowing you have a target on your head?

Derzis: It's been like that for many years. You know, every abortion provider in this country knows what kind of atmosphere we work in. We have these people in front of the clinics…These antics would not be allowed in any other business, but it's part of what we do. I think you would have the hundreds of abortionists tell you the same thing that we are all proud of what we do, we love what we do, that we do serve women. And that we do so knowing what the risks are.

Chetry: When you say you love what you do, can you explain more about that for people who understand what a contentious situation it is. It's a choice that no one wants to have to make, people make it obviously. But when you say you love what you do, explain that.

Derzis: You know, you can't meet and talk with the women that we see on a daily basis and not know that what you're doing is right and moral…And Dr. Tiller, the women he saw…he was the last resort. These were women who had wanted to be pregnant, who valued their pregnancies and for whatever reason were forced to terminate. And I think that's the important thing is we know what kind of a role we place in the community…no one would choose to do this for a job. It's a calling.

Chetry: This is something that's been roundly denounced, this shooting, by pro-life activists as well, including Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition. He said, “It's tragic. The probability is that someone who opposed abortion did this. The reason we are pro-life is because we hate violence on any level. I don't know of one legitimate pro-life leader who would not unequivocally condemn this.”

Derzis: That's a lie.

Chetry: You don't believe those words?

Derzis: Absolutely not. These people…the rhetoric these people espouse calls for our deaths every day in front of these clinics. He's saying that only because of the timing of this particular shooting. Randal Terry, you also hear him calling George Tiller a mass-murderer. They have websites, they have wanted posters. These people have put the target on our chest, on our backs.

Chetry: You don't differentiate people who are opposed to abortion and pro-life for their religious reasons versus those who are promoting violence? I know the websites that you're referring to where there's a line through people who have been killed. You don't differentiate between the extreme and people that just hold the position?

Derzis: Make no mistake, there are so many people in this country who are pro-life and are decent, hard working, good people. But the people by and large who stand in front of these clinics every day have their own agenda and that agenda is to do away with abortion in whatever way they can. The election of Barack Obama put them in a corner. They're losing and the only way they see to take care of this is to kill us. This is just the first of what I foresee as many more.

Chetry: This is certainly an uncomfortable question to ask but it makes you wonder. In all the articles I was reading, it was said that Dr. Tiller was one of three doctors in this country who perform late-term abortions. So there’s two more, I guess you could say. And the targets are out there. So what happens, God forbid, if there’s more violence? Would that end the ability for late-term abortions?

Derzis: I would hope not. I think what you see, these providers know, again, what the risks are. But they've decided to take their medical training and help women. Now I hope that you're going to see more physicians stand up to take George Tiller's place. Now that would be the ideal thing.

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soundoff (163 Responses)
  1. Benjamin

    1 abortion Dr. is dead. How many INOCCENT babies were killed that day? Do we hear about those?

    June 2, 2009 at 12:36 am |
  2. Hypocrit Exposer

    @Marv: And all of this totally explains why you are here reading and commenting on this story... It never ceases to amaze me how much time you types find in the day to rage on about "liberal" anything. It is that very same mindless rage that lead to this shooting. Regardless of your political leanings anyone with half an operational brain laughs at the notion that Fox News is "fair and balanced".

    June 2, 2009 at 12:32 am |
  3. Nanette

    The pearly gates... that's all I have to say! God will decide the fate of people with hate in their hearts and who do nothing tangible to relieve the plight of those who already born!

    June 2, 2009 at 12:31 am |
  4. lea

    Who would LOVE a job like this? Aborting unborn children in late term?
    They are worse than NAZIS!!!!

    June 2, 2009 at 12:25 am |
  5. S. Singh

    One can only wonder about the psychological make up of these so-called 'pro-lifers' (if there is any such thing).........have to be totally warped to kill and promote killing for the sake of an ideology. Wonder how many of these 'pro-lifers' spend any time helping out in orphanages and/or fostering children.

    June 2, 2009 at 12:22 am |
  6. emily

    "Women and Families are intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and ethically competent to struggle with complex health issues - including abortion - and come to decisions that are appropriate for themselves." George R. Tiller, M.D.

    If you're against abortion, never have one. Nobody will tell you you have to. But don't tell me that YOU get more control over my body than I do. I and every other woman has the capacity to make that decision. YOU don't get to do that for ME. Deal with it.

    June 2, 2009 at 12:22 am |
  7. Marge

    Good for you Kelly, for telling your story.

    Yes, most women have late term abortions to save their lives. Most pro-lifers don't care about the mother and those that love her though, just the fetus. If the fetus has developed terrible birth defects late in the term and the fetus wouldn't be viable after birth, I think the mother/parents should have the option of letting it die at their discretion. After all it is a pregnancy, her/their pregnancy, not some Evangelicals, that was wanted up until her health or the fetus' health went south.

    Some people are better able to handle a death after birth and would be comforted by the whole funeral thing and get closure that way. Others are more pragmatic or can't emotionally handle dealing with a post birth death so abort ASAP and get on with their lives perfectly fine after some time for private grieving.

    June 2, 2009 at 12:20 am |
  8. emily

    Thank you Kelly, for describing the kind of situation in which women who seek late term abortions find themselves. It so rarely gets said that NOBODY is just positively giddy about having an abortion, whether early or late, due to simply not wanting a baby or for health reasons. The fanatics like to make it sound like women just casually go have an abortion because they don't want to change diapers.

    Kelly's family who already existed IS AS IMPORTANT AS AN UNBORN FETUS. THEY ARE PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES MATTER, TOO. I'm so glad late abortion was legal for your mother, that she survived, was able to go on to have the baby she wanted, and that she's still there for you and your family. THIS IS WHY ABORTION IS LEGAL. For women and for families!

    June 2, 2009 at 12:18 am |
  9. Jamie

    The "other side?" Really? The other side is murder. And terrorism. Duh.

    June 2, 2009 at 12:15 am |
  10. Island Joe

    Do you think Secretary of HHS Sibelius and President Obama will attend Dr. Tiller's funeral?

    June 2, 2009 at 12:15 am |
  11. Kerry

    I do not approve of abortion or vigilanteism. I think that the "doctor" (in quotes, because real doctors do no harm), in a just world, would have been tried for the countless murders he committed and locked in prison for the rest of his life. However, the murderer also broke the law, and I do condemn that.

    June 2, 2009 at 12:11 am |
  12. Scott

    First of all, there is no such thing as an "abortion doctor" as is being reported. The correct term is "gynecologist". Secondly, Dr. Tiller wasn't murdered, he was assassinated. This was an act of domestic terrorism, plain and simple. Rhetoric from Republican leaders such as Limbaugh, O'Reilly, etc. about abortion has done nothing but incite violence.

    Surely, if the "party of life" was as committed as they said, they would have done *something* to act on their convictions during the six years they completely controlled Congress and the White House.

    Finally, shame on the media for implying that the abortions doctor Tiller performed were somehow "routine" and just women who wanted to get rid of their babies. There were very few late term abortions, and most were for things such as children who did not have a heart, mothers with cancer who could not be treated because they were pregnant, severe deformities, life threatening conditions, etc.

    June 2, 2009 at 12:11 am |
  13. Greg

    Late Term Abortions don't save lives. They take them. A mother faced with a need to deliver can opt for a C-Section.

    Getting an abortion for the safety of the mother is a lie. There are other options. If not, their would be hundreds of these people doing late term abortions instead of a handful.

    June 2, 2009 at 12:10 am |
  14. Monetha Godbe

    Pro Life terrorists. This a woman's issue. Her body. Her choice. Many pro life terrorist want to hurt and kill just as they yell and scream at women in front of health care facilites. PROLIFE....for who? Who are they to judge? Again, This is a personal woman's issue between her doctor and whom ever she prays to and medical care should be the hallmark of a civilized country.
    This coward who shot Dr. Tiller should get the death penalty. Instead he will go to jail and we the people will have to pay to lock him up until he does die. Is this justice? for who?
    Women will continue to seek health care for themselves and their choices and if we deny them health care then its back to back room coat hangers and women will die. I'm sure the prolifer like that idea. They want to force women into their narrow and small minded world. Force them to bear a child or die trying. Sounds like a third world religious extremist world that NO American woman should have to live with. For that matter NO WOMAN on earth.

    June 2, 2009 at 12:08 am |
  15. Justin

    Waa, waa, waa. Wow the lefty loonies can make a bloody murder sound so good. It's life saving medical care. It was there last choice. Blah blah blah. Dr Tiller got what was coming to him people. Wake up. You stab a precious baby through the skull and suck his brains out, a baby that's literally seconds from you holding him/her in your arms and sucking nutritious milk from his/her mother's breast; you stab it through the skull, suck it's brains out and throw it in a bloody trash can like used coffee grounds and see how far you get in life. See how long God keeps His hand of protection on you when you burn a baby alive with acid, or suck it from it's mother's created womb until it's arms and legs are torn from it's torso. It's amazing that all people that support abortion are already pathetic, blind, cowards. Mike, of course there is pro-abortion. If there wasn't, abortion wouldn't be legal. You reap what you sow people. You reap what you sow. And facts are facts. Majority of abortions are done because the baby would inconvenience the life of the mother or father. Not right timing, not enough money, blah, blah, blah.

    June 2, 2009 at 12:08 am |
  16. Dev

    "To get both sides go to Fox news."

    And you immediately discredit anything you say after this. I don't like CNN particularly, but you're making it sound like Fox News is the end-all be-all for balanced reporting. Try again.

    June 2, 2009 at 12:07 am |
  17. Pat

    Abortion in ANY term, late or not is MURDER of an innocent unborn child. Dr. Tiller didn't believe this. He fought for what he believed in. He knew the risk. He lost.

    June 2, 2009 at 12:06 am |
  18. Merle Terlesky

    This woman is a liar. The protestors in front of the clinics dont call for the killing of abortion providers.
    That is simply not true. They sing and pray and hope it will end, but they dont call for homocide.

    June 2, 2009 at 12:05 am |
  19. i dont regret mine

    i had an abortion over two years ago, and it was the best decision i have made in my life, before my career in social work i never knew how many kids where put up for adoption and ultimately end up in a foster system that fails them hundreds, thousands of where are the prolifers that support this? do any of them adopt the kids NOPE! i had an abortion and i ultimately know that i would no t have achieved things that i wanted in life with a c hild. Children can be burdens! especially to women, men dont carry the children like us nor raise them, WE DO. MEN just want another way to control us and it begins with our bodies, stop using religion and not rationality to justify your actions, ABRAHAM SACRIFICED ISAAC IN THE BIBLE WAS THAT RATIONAL?

    June 2, 2009 at 12:05 am |
  20. michael

    I think the Pro-life Activists need to find something else to focus on. It is creepy. What does a 51 year old man really have to say about what a woman does with her body? Why is he a self-proclaimed savior of fetuses....? In almost every violent crime against abortion providers it is some deranged, middle-aged wing-nut who does the deed. Pro-lifers, makes you look pretty creepy. Get a new hobby.

    June 2, 2009 at 12:05 am |
  21. Daniel

    These religious freaks are just as bad as hardline Islamic terrorists.

    June 2, 2009 at 12:04 am |
  22. Maurice Bernstein, M.D.

    As President Obama implies "can't we all get along" with our differing views on abortion? As long as abortion is legal in the United States and there is an explanation for the need for abortion (that each case represents a separate and considered decision) then abortion can be performed. It is not ethical to attack the legal providers to change the system. There are legislative and legal ways to make the change and if the consensus of society agrees that elective abortion should never occur, change the law, don't incite killing doctors. ..Maurice.

    June 2, 2009 at 12:04 am |
  23. Jenee

    Actually, Mike, I'm pro-abortion. It's none of my business what another woman decides to do with her body. Especially if she has been raped or is incapable of taking care of a baby and cannot give it up for adoption. I agree, no one WANTS to have an abortion, but to say that no one IS pro-abortion is just wrong. Let's work on things to keep abortion to a minimum – like sex education for youngsters and harsher criminal punishment for rapists.

    June 2, 2009 at 12:00 am |


    How so for you bible tossers WWJD? Stop being so hypocritical if you dont believe in abortion you dont do it.. the bible is a book of interpretations!!! THERE IS NO SPECIFIC verbage against abortions, and NO! DONT USE THAT FAMOUS COMMANDMENT AS A CRUTCH! THE BIBLE DOSENT SPECIFICALLY SAY A FETUS IS A LIFE!



    June 1, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  25. boop

    Fox news now has both sides of the story? When did this start?

    June 1, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  26. jo

    CNN would NEVER report it, but Ronald Fitzsimmons of NARAL has admiited that a majority of late term abortions are on Healthy babies and Tiller himself did many elective abortions on Healthy babies.CNN also would never report thatPro choice violence exists too. Pro lifers have been targeted and killed by abortion doctors and activists. There is an entire website called abortionviolence dedicated to the violence and intolerance shown by pro abortion rights activists. I was recently at the March for Life in Ottawa, Canada and brought 50 students with me who signed up to go from the high school I teach at. Pro choice counter protesters almost attacked my students, screaming in their faces and threatening to harm them before running away and targeted other teens screaming " i had an abortion do you want to beat me up?? Come on..fight me!!" Meanwhile 12,000 pro lifers marched peacefully to parliament hill to hear women who had had abortions talk about why they are pro life now.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  27. Robert

    Whatever happened to presenting both sides of an issue? I guess we know where you stand on abortion.

    "But the people by and large who stand in front of these clinics every day have their own agenda and that agenda is to do away with abortion in whatever way they can."

    You let this abortionist get away with calling all pro-lifers murderers.

    The fact is no prominent pro life or Christian organization supports killing abortion doctors.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  28. emily

    to kelly and mike: i love it how you people keep on bringing up "mother's health and birth defects" excuse when those are only like what ? 5-10% of the abortions. 80-95% of these horrific abortions were elective, meaning no rape, no incest, no health problems, nothing was wrong! meaning Absolutely no reason to have an abortion! Okay, so just shut the hell up and stop bringing these dumb excuses to legalize these murders. And why do you have to wait that late to have an abortion anyways?? that's freakin murder because by then baby is already kicking, moving, and beating. It's a living being!

    June 1, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  29. Meredith

    I think it's important to keep in mind this comment that she made, "These were women who had wanted to be pregnant, who valued their pregnancies and for whatever reason were forced to terminate." Dr. Tiller performed an invaluable service to grieving mothers who were places in a desperate position with wanted pregnancies that had severe medical issues. It's not a position I would ever want to be in but it was comforting to know that Dr. Tiller was there for those women who needed him. His death is a huge loss for the women in this world.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  30. vancouveral

    The inflammatory rhetoric from Randal Terry et al makes it very easy for these cold blooded murderers to justify their actions. It is easy for Randal Terry after this murder to condemm the violence but he is as guilty as Scott Roeder. As Obama says you cannot have dialogue with all this hatred that is spoken of with regards to a woman`s right to choose. As Mike says : there are no pro-abortionists" but woman must control their own bodies and it is the religious fanatics (all male) who are the perpatrators of this hatred and violence.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  31. KJR

    CNN continues to show this one side. I know for a fact many people that stand outside abortion clinics- very peacefully. They do have an agenda, and it is to reduce abortions. We do believe it's about life, not about choice. A hand, a mind, a beating heart, eyes that are formed, that with a knife is killed all for the sake of free choice. This is not a calling, this is about aggressive acts of violence that we call pro-choice. We also don't have any agendas that address hurting or injuring doctors, patience, nurses, or anyone tied to this program. There are many christians that pray outside these clinics only to share options that most clinics don't share, share about pregnancy centers that pay and support these women that the abortion centers don't share about, and offer these women hope that is not shared with abortion centers. When people realize that Diane Derzis supports a multi-million dollar industry, and her calling is not of christian faith but one of death to unborn children called pro-choice, we then realize her calling. This act on the doctor is a sad day, as we that fight for life for children, for the elderly, and for the sinner. Isn't it unique that Jesus's own comments is on the innocense of children, and this world today battles the life and death of the unborn. I feel sorry for the mothers that Kelly references, as we don't have an answer for those unique situations, and we understand that delima, it's a life both ways. Which do we choose-that is a true choice that must be considered? However, Diane is not addressing those situations, she wants unlimited, unopposed, uneducated abortions to children that already listen to music, listen to our hearts, listen to our voice, and listen to our prayers. Those that stand at many abortion clinics silently pray for the mothers, and the children whose lives will change when the act is over. That is an area that Diane can't address as many ladies that have had abortions stand outside these clinics, not with guns nor hatred, but of compassion for the loss of a soul, and the loss that all mothers feel after the fact. The body and the heart knows. The questions setup by Chetry, were direct and intended to pull exactly what she wanted. She had no defense, but one only to pull out the extreme stance to try to say that pro-life teams are violent. If you only new Chetry, if you only knew. The hatred comes from your questions, and the idea that people fight with prayer on the life of children only acknowldges your heart as cold as it is, struggles with each peaceful position. Your heart is distant from it's source. Kelly we pray for you mother, as she really had a hard choice, and I'm sure she thinks about her loss more than we know. God's peace to all.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  32. boogeyman

    You know, the anti-choicers have been thugs and vigilantes from the beginning. They have no choice but to kill those they don't agree with, given our laws allow abortion and the voters (see Colorado Amendment 48 for example) clearly prove themselves smart enough to know an zygote/embryo/fetus is not a person.

    And quite frankly, the blood libel claims (calling those they don't agree with 'baby killers', etc) harken back to the days of 700 AD. The fact is, abortion is not murder, no matter the opinions of the anti-choice thugs, in the same way the Jehovah Witnesses have no legal right whatsoever to kill whoever is in favor of blood transfusions.

    The anti-choicers seriously need to wake the fock up and realize their pet religious fantasies have no place whatsoever in our laws.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:50 pm |
  33. Brian

    I certainly am losing no sleep over the murder of the doctor, as I wouldn't condone this, but I can't help seeing some true irony in people who SUPPORT the killing of babies who cannot possibly defend themselves, versus the killing of a doctor who kills babies.... Seriously, how can anyone condemn a man for murdering a man that murders babies? Seriously, for one single moment, the doctor who was killed KILLED babies for a living!

    How have things gone so awry in this world that baby killers are defended by the news media?

    June 1, 2009 at 11:50 pm |
  34. Adanna

    First of all abortion is wrong...yes... it is but it is necessary!. Many women don't need to have children, they simply dont want them, there are also women who were raped, are victims of incest etc. The mere fact that someone took the life of this man for whatever reason in a CHURCH is beyond being an activist, it is being a terrorist! I am pro-choice, because at the end of the day it is the person's choice to do whatever they want, however when we die I believe we have to pay for all the things we done. This doctor was there for women, when they needed someone the most, and he is gone. For what! Doing a service to the women and the community . I say community because if these women could not support these children or whatever the case may be...what happens to the children after. Some may get adopted some may get put into foster care and become a child of the many happy stories have you heard from children in foster care?! Whatever side you choose, be it PRO-LIFE or PRO-CHOICE killing to get your point across is just plain STUPID. Now I want to take the time out to say I am so sorry to the Family of Dr. Tiller and may the lord bless them through this difficult time. I respect Dr. Tiller because he did a job that was needed, however it was viewed it was a needed job and he did it well. And to the killer...who if he was PRO-LIFE, took a life (in a church) I wanna say you are no longer a PRO-LIFE person you are PRO-CHOICE, because you choose to kill this man. How PRO-LIFE are you?!

    June 1, 2009 at 11:49 pm |
  35. Alison Hinton

    I was a patient of Dr. Tillers.

    There are many stereotypes and misconceptions about his late term abortion services. The late term services he offered were for women who had very poor fetal prognosis, babies with anomalies. Saying these babies were viable is misleading. Most of the late term procedures were done for babies with illnesses that were not conducive to life. The few infants that would have survived delivery would have had drastically shortened lives filled with numerous surgeries and endless suffering. The week I had my procedure there was a woman whose baby had it’s internal organs developed outside of it’s body. Another womans baby had no brain. There was never any hope for those babies there was no miracle that would have saved them.

    I was forced to make an agonizing choice for a baby my husband and I wanted and loved very much. This was NOT a form of birth control. I chose the lesser of the evils and did what any loving parent should, eased the suffering of an innocent baby. Forcing my baby to live would have been cruel. That was a deeply personal decision and one I will gladly sort out with my maker in the hereafter. I would gladly offer my soul to protect my child.

    I do not take pride in what I was forced to do but I carry no shame. In a perfect world my baby would have come home to a family that wanted them very much. It was not a situation I took lightly. I will also mourn this loss the remainder of my life.

    Dr. Tiller was the only doctor who accepted my particular case due to my own physical complications. Dr. Tiller is my hero, he not only saved my life but saved my family. I was fully prepared to end my own life to protect my baby from a life of misery. Dr. Tiller offered a service that although much despised is also critical in a civilized society.

    The man who shot him is a coward. He ran away like a thief in the night, too afraid to stand tall for his principles. Dr. Tiller was a man who stood up for what he believed in without fear. I will never forget him or the profound impact he made on myself and my family for the rest of our lives.

    If you can’t understand that I suggest you watch a baby cry out in pain for several months and then watch their miniature coffin be laid to rest in front of permanently scarred parents. Maybe then you will understand…

    June 1, 2009 at 11:49 pm |
  36. David

    You're right Marv; CNN IS being awfully one sided in this debate. So let's hear the side of the story from people who support killing doctors.

    Here's a newsflash you won't see on Faux News: reality doesn't HAVE two sides to it. It just is. Anti-abortionists are the ones who tend to go homicidal and kill people. Us "lefties" are the ones who try to employ REASON when dealing with you people. So yeah, if the shoe fits...

    June 1, 2009 at 11:48 pm |
  37. Flibbert

    "To get both sides go to Fox News?" That's the most laughable sentence on this entire message board.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  38. MB

    Personally, I think that eveyone needs to mind their own business. It's a woman's choice, and it is between her, her conscious, and her God.

    None of these people have a heaven or hell to put anyone in, and they are not doing the will of God because if they were then they would follow the scriptures. God said "vengance is mine, and I shall repay" not these people here. All these kinds of action will tale us back to the 50s & 60s when women went to the quacks, and flew overseas to handle their affairs. Mind you OWN business, and leave everyone's elses along.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  39. steve

    It does not surprise me that 50 percent of America is pro-choice; ie;
    baby killers. Remember, a hundred and sixty years ago 50 percent of America believed that slavery was not morally wrong. We now know that slavery is a moral evil. Will it take another hundred and sixty years to realize that abortion is morally evil and murder? It's to bad people like Diane Derzis are ignorant just like the people who supported slavery in the past.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  40. Jerald

    Did CNN really moderate Marv? Kudos to Kelly and Mike. And Ellen you don't get both sides by watching CNN and Fox you get the Middle and the Right end of the political spectrum!

    June 1, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  41. Bob

    Although the anti-abortion crowd characterizes itself as chest-thumping self-righteous and self-proclaimed moral guardians, these are some of the most absolutely twisted, immoral people I have ever encountered. There is nothing in the bible that directly addresses abortion, and abortion existed long before jesus. There is no basis, other than cult-religion doctrine, to assume that early-stage embryos are human beings, and, were that the case, then the christian deity would be the greatest abortionist of all, since an extremely large fraction of embryos are spontaneously aborted – probably as a result of generttic defects. These are people who would vote for, ans support, mass murderers of fully developed, talking and thinking human beings given that mass murderer supports their position. No true conservative would ever support government interefrence in such private decisions.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  42. Kevin

    Anyone who has ever held a sign accusing doctors of being baby killers is partially responsible for this crime. There are plenty of us pro-choicers who absolutely understand your position because we too are opposed to violence and killing. But your hypocrisy and narrow minded agenda and humans-riding-dinosaurs-museums quit being funny and strange when you cross these lines. You want to be pro-life? Try going vegetarian, even for a day. A pig/cow/chicken/dog/mouse is infinitely more capable of feeling pain and suffering than a two-week old human fetus. Try demonstrating against capital punishment. Try demonstrating against global warming, which is causing children to die by the thousands in third world countries. Try for a second (and I know it's hard) NOT to congratulate our brave soldiers for returning from a war that has killed thousands more. The second you people start truly being pro-life across the board and not just because of some narrow-minded religious viewpoint that carries little scientific validity, maybe -and just maybe – your opinions will be worth something.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  43. J Binder

    It's time that the tables are turned and people start taking out these zelots who kill anyone who doesn't believe the way think they should. It is every doctors right to perform abortions and also it is within the law. Women do have rights and it's our bodies not yours

    June 1, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  44. BKP

    I Used Dr. Tillers Clinic For A Late Term Abortion. All you commentators do not have a clue of the emotional pain a pregnant women has to go thru to have an abortion. I had to abort my 26 weeks old fetus due to severe deformity and birth defects. My OBGYN recommended me to Dr. Tiller's clinic as even they understood, we should not give birth as the "life" the child will have ...will be painful to watch and very limiting for the child. The abortion is conducted in a safe, sensitive and clinically first rate procedure. The very latest scientific techniques & drugs are used to induce fetus “sleep”. After the abortion, I was given an option to 'meet' my baby boy, which my husband and I gladly did. The baby was given to us in a beautiful and sensitive manner and we both said our silent goodbye's to him. After which the clinic Chaplain performed appropriate last rites. Portions of the media, anti-abortion groups and their RELIGIOUS lobbies have portrayed Dr. Tiller and similar clinics as amoral slaughterhouses. My reality is this – Dr. Tiller’s clinic is a refuge of last resort for families in a difficult predicament. No one has a right to decide on abortion other than Mother and her doctor. Abortion is a emotionally tough choice for a pregnant woman, in the least, PLEASE don’t judge her or her doctor!

    June 1, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  45. I don't get it

    How can anti-abortionists be so gung ho on killing a doctor. You call yourselves Christians, but it's okay to kill a person. I don't get it. You guys have your facts all wrong.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  46. Sane Person

    If you're pro life, don't get an abortion. But don't try and tell others what to do with their lives. You people are completely nuts!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  47. jackie

    I am absolutely 100% against murder. Which is why I am against abortion. That doctor should not have been gunned down. He has every right to life even though he has taken a countless number of innocent ones. I do NOT support civilians taking the law into their own hands. But I had to laugh when that pathetic excuse for a doctor directed all blame to pro-lifers. Who is he to speak on violence when his own profession relies on it? Who is he to point the finger at those of us who have every right to our views? Because we do not agree, we are all murderers? Why would CNN allow such ludicrous testimony? Of course it's typical which is why I take their news with a grain of salt. I am proud to stand up for unborn babies. I will not be bullied by a bunch of hypocrites with a guilty conscience. Why is murder ok when it's for convenience? Give me a break and grow a conscience while you are at it.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  48. stan


    While I agree murder and death threats are uncalled for, why should protesters NOT harass? pro lifers protest abortion because they believe it is the killing of human babies that just happen to not have gone through the birthing process yet.

    Were not talking about people people protesting in front of mcdonald's because their portion sizes are too large. The unjust taking of human life is the most serious crime in our society. If thats not reason to get fired up about something then what is?

    June 1, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  49. Elizabeth

    Just wondering how many of you that are so against abortion have adopted crack babies, babies with birth-defects, babies that are severely retarded, etc. It is a sad state of affairs that men can get women pregnant and yet, take no responsibility for their actions.

    Although I do not condone abortion, I can see where this would be a viable option for a young mother of three who really and truly can't afford another child. I support abstinence; however, is that realistic? No. This is just my opinion and we all know what they say about opinions....

    June 1, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  50. Madison

    I am a "peaceful pro-lifer" and i find this event appauling. I do not appreaciate being put in the same catagory as a men who commit murder in a churches or bomb abortion clinics. This is not the message the pro-life campaigners want to portray. In fact most prolifers agree with abortion incases of mental and physical health of the mother including late term abortions. I will agree with Marv in that the other side should have had the chance to have there say... it's only fair. I applaud doctors who are in the abortion business to save lives but i am appauled at those who do it as a means of making money...

    June 1, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  51. Jordan

    I saw Dr Warren Hearn’s appearance on CNN. I was appalled. I worked as a counselor in his clinic where he treated patients and staff abusively. Dr. Hearn was into power and control. He spoke to people abusively. . Dr. Hearn entered the abortion field because it is lucritive, not because he is a advocate of women. Working in his clinic, he was abusive to staff (all women), into power and control, the women were codependent to his mood swings. he once told a women in the surgical procedure room (my client) to stop crying or he wouldn’t perform the abortion and she might die. Another women who was moving in pain, he threw down the instruments and stormed out of the room saying that she was fully dialated and could go home and have the baby. One woman I counseled elected the abortion because her boyfriend didn’t want a baby and she couldn’t get him to change his mind even as the child developed into the 3rd trimester. I saw the fetus delivered. I was shocked and I almost changed my mind about late trimester abortions. There were more elective 3rd timester that this one. Dr. Hearn’s agenda is not pure. he also loves the limelight and being a victim.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  52. Jordan

    I saw Dr Warren Hearn's appearance on CNN. I was appalled. I worked as a counselor in his clinic. Dr. Hearn entered the abortion field because it is lucritive, not because he is a advocate of women. Working in his clinic, he was abusive to staff (all women), into power and control, the women were codependent to his mood swings. he once told a women in the surgical procedure room (my client) to stop crying or he wouldn't perform the abortion and she might die. Another women who was moving in pain, he threw down the instruments and stormed out of the room saying that she was fully dialated and could go home and have the baby. One woman I counseled elected the abortion because her boyfriend didn't want a baby and she couldn't get him to change his mind even as the child developed into the 3rd trimester. I saw the fetus delivered. I was shocked and I almost changed my mind about late trimester abortions. There were more elective 3rd timester that this one. Dr. Hearn's agenda is not pure. he also loves the limelight and being a victim.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:25 pm |
  53. lesweforget

    The pro-life movement just doesn’t get it. They are correct that most people in the USA are against abortion. But what they are for is the right of a person to choose. The pro-life or pro-choice is NOT about abortion it is about the RIGHT to choose. We are only human and no one has the right to tell another human in this country how to live their lives in this country. The people who choose to have an abortion, only God should be allowed to judge them not man. God’s wraith is His wraith and only His. Why are there groups outside of abortion clinic spewing hate, non-compassion and no forgiveness?
    Do you really think we can stop unwanted pregnancies? Isn’t being a Christian about forgiveness, love and compassion?
    Aren’t the right wing religious folks against contraceptives? Even the Pope has changed the churches rules away from the “rhythm method” and updated a 400-year-old rule to more reflect a world of today.
    Maybe most of the right wing religious people should go live in Saudi Arabia, that country is more in tune with your beliefs. If you go you better have no sin…. If you do you might loose some body parts there. Ain’t free will a bi tch!

    June 1, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  54. Guest

    Derzis: You know, you can’t meet and talk with the women that we see on a daily basis and not know that what you’re doing is right and moral…And Dr. Tiller, the women he saw…he was the last resort. These were women who had wanted to be pregnant, who valued their pregnancies and for whatever reason were forced to terminate. And I think that’s the important thing is we know what kind of a role we place in the community…no one would choose to do this for a job. It’s a calling.

    Um, I didn't want to be pregnant, I didn't value it, and was not forced to terminate, I chose to terminate. I wasn't ready for a child and now I live with the regret that I should've given my baby up for adoption, but I was too selfish to do that. I do think abortion is wrong, but believe that a woman has a right to chose what to do with her own body. I think there are few cases where the woman wants to be pregnant but has to terminate because of the pregnancy being harmful to her or the baby has a birth defect. The majority of abortions are due to women not using birth control and having an abortion is their birth control. To limit the number of abortions, there needs to be more education on birth control.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  55. Katharine Horowitz

    Bravo to the brave people who defend reproductive rights every day and who make them accessible and SAFE: from the doctors to the escorts to those who donate their money. Thank you, and please don't let this stop you. You are needed and appreciated!

    June 1, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  56. Timothy

    Ah, yes. Eric Rudolph, who referred to the TV as "the electric Jew."

    June 1, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  57. Ashley

    I dont agree with the killing of this man, but if these abortion clinics have the right to take hundreds of lives per day (for selfish reasons) and never face justice, then why should this man be punished. It's only common sense. Killing is wrong no matter who it is. Yes, a fetus is a who. For all those who are in support of abortions, you should be forced to see for yourself what happens. I have seen for myself. I used to work in one. It is a sad thing when you have to hold the hand of a dying baby, or have to be present in the midst of a murder of someone who has no voice.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  58. brian

    This cold blooded murder along with all the other bombings and terrorist activites by these right wing fundamentalist christians (christian in name only). In there mind, the christian teachings of peace, forgivness and brotherhood only apply so long as you follow their way of life. Now they can wring their hands and say "oh how terrible, we certainly don't condone such violence" all the while continuing their intimidating and terrorising of any clinic they don't agree with.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  59. Talat

    Now should this be considered as hate crime or terrorist activation?

    This is the typical face of fundamentalism. The political use of abortion has lead to this. This has to stop.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  60. MNguy

    Op Rescue, Christian Defense Coalition and all the rest of the anti abortion organizations that produce inflammatory slogans, posters, and rhetoric are simply enabling the Scott Roeder's of the world to go out and do the killing while the so-called leaders of these groups sit back and tut-tut the consequences. These pernicious and constant campaigns don't solve the problems of unwanted pregnancy or abortion. These groups set up the fuel and wait for an unstable personality to touch it off. They are as culpable as their proxies in these murders.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  61. Randy

    It really makes you wonder what Christ would think of these protesters in front of abortion clinics, making a political statement, or worse, making threats against, humiliating, and harassing those most in need of love and support. Let alone picking up a weapon and killing them.

    Anyone out there waving signs and screaming a message of hate is not doing it in the name of any high religious principle. God would be ashamed of these people, all of whom have a little blood on their hands.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  62. Dr. Tiller's patient

    "Pro Lifer's don't target doctors". If my doctor hadn't been murdered by lies I would believe it.

    Dr. Tiller did not preform partial birth abortions. Women who seek late term abortions do not have 'viable' babies.

    How do I know? Dr. Tiller preformed my late term abortion (not partial birth abortion). I was 6 1/2 months pregnant and my son was profoundly ill (not an inconvenience but *profoundly* ill).

    I saw everything that man did to me and my son. At no time did my son feel any pain and was delivered whole. Dr. Tiller gave my precious child a painless and dignified death. That man treated me with compassion and respect. Which is more that I can say about his detractors.

    Anyone who compared Dr. Tiller to Hilter has blood on their hands. Anyone who told people he preformed partial birth abortions has blood on their hands. And anyone who says they don't support murder of these doctors but understand it is a hypocrite.

    God bless Dr. Tiller for helping me and my son.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:12 pm |
  63. Lynn

    Hey folks,

    Yes Tiller was a rare breed of an abortionist. He killed unborn children that were viable and in the 3rd trimester. But make not mistake many hundreds of abortion clinics and medical hospitals perform late term abortions if you define late term as after 16 weeks pregnancy. They are hundreds of facilities in every major city in the land that advertise in the yellow pages and on the internet that feature that they do abortions through 24 weeks. yes 24 weeks people. not 3rd trimester but is characterized as late term on their websites nonetheless.
    Imagine a medical doctor aborting an unborn child at 20-24 weeks by mutilation and dismemberment. Sometimes the fetus is given a lethal injection before dismemberment and sometimes not. Imagine the pain of the unborn child with this horrific procedure. And sometimes the doctor elects to prematurely birth the unborn child but he firsts gives it a lethal injection in the womb to kill it. Surely they don't want a living fetus being ejected out whole by mistake if the object is to have a dead unborn child aborted.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:12 pm |
  64. Lulu

    Ellen–You are obviously delusional. Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox said "We've never been an organization to be bothered with facts." Fox, the voice of the Repugnant party has only one side, their side and it isn't based on any facts other than the ones they make up. Anti-abortion nutbags like this guy are no better than Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols or Osama Bin Laden and should have the same label–TERRORISTS!

    June 1, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  65. Josh

    Wow, fox news viewership is even more psychotic and desperate than I imagined. Talk about terrorist sympathizers!

    "Pro-Life" terrorist organizations need to be treated like islamist terrorist groups. Let's end the hypocrisy if we're still going to wage a so-called war against terror.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  66. Andy

    Throughout history, right up to the present time, (Bush and Iraq for example) religious zealots have killed innocent dissenters, owners of coveted properties, or merely the different, on a massive scale, but used some God's name to somehow justify it to themselves, and especially to influence others to do their filthy evil work.

    On the other hand, I can't recall any massacre, even on a small scale, caused by a brotherhood of Doctors.

    Organized religion, it's outrageous lies and most pious and hence irrational supporters, are the truest and greatest source of evil in this World. Even Jesus was deliberately killed by the Pharisees for preaching tolerance and non-violence.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  67. prochoicefromohio

    June 1981. Found out birthcontrol failed. 17 years old. Year of high school left. Boyfriend in and out of college. She not ready to be a parent, he not ready to settle down. Couldn't ruin three lives. That 17 year old made her choice and made the right choice for her at that time and will never regret it. This 45 year old sad she never had children. Will fight to make sure every 17 year old has that same choice.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  68. Frank

    Four abortion providers have been aproximatley 9 abortion clinic employees killed in sixteen years. Each one was a shame, and I hope the people who commited the murders get life or the death penalty. However this is hardley the epidemic or the plauge that CNN tries to make it out to be.

    Any needless loss of life is a tragedy and that goes for both sides of the argument. I am just waiting to see the media hysteria this brings about and how little it will have to do with true statistics.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  69. Sarah

    Thank you CNN for showing the dangers that these men and women face every day. Without these wonderful doctors, nurses, and other employees, many women would not have life saving options.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  70. Megan

    You know what CNN, this piece is ridiculous. Sure, I don't agree with abortion, I'd like to see an end to it, but I also respect all life, including the lives of the abortion providers. I stand in front of clinics and pray. I'm friends with protesters and every protester I know condemns the murder of Dr Tiller. Shame on you, CNN, for such a biased and unbalanced presentation of this issue.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  71. Michael, Chapel Hill

    A prolifer loosing his control and murdering an abortion doctor differs from planned murder that are conducted every day- in dozens-in the so called abortion clinics. Those clinics do not value life at all. Human beings and their bodies are business items for them.
    Do these clinics supply embryonic stem cells for research after having aborted them?

    June 1, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  72. Oberon

    I think the most telling comment by this baby killer is "We love what we do." So much for justifying abortion as a necessary evil. The PC approach is – if contraception is more easily available, then we wouldn't need to do what we do. This bitch says that she LOVES killing babies. Mike, Kelly, you are wrong. She is obviously pro abortion. And Derzis is a pathetic excuse for a human being.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  73. Ben

    Mike, you know as well as anybody that those against abortion are no more "anti-choice" than those that support it are "anti-life". Why the wordplay?

    June 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  74. Rich


    I'm sorry to hear you're proud of your mother for your would be sibiling's termination. I would also love to hear what the medical circumstances were that caused your mother to believe the pregnancy put her life in danger since there isn't one such case on record with the AMA.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  75. mike

    helping women? derzis how are you helping women? By disposing of an inconvienient human? a late term fetus is as human as you get hiney...Your generalization of protestors is down right state that the prolife organization are lying by apoligizing shows your low level of integrity you won't even accept a heartfelt sorry for a finatical psyco taking someones life...cnn this is a terrible excuse for news and you should seriously rethink this propoganda

    June 1, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  76. Matt

    A Few Thoughts...

    1) Abortion is a necessary thing in society. Without it, we would return to the days before the decision of Roe V Wade when abortion was done in back alleys and women died because of botched procedures. With it legal, it can be regulated and kept safe. If abortion is ruled illegal, even more will die that there were with abortion.
    2) Sometimes an abortion is necessary. There are too many variables to make a blanket statement that all abortion is unnecessary.
    3) You can't be pro-life, support war, and kill doctors. (most republicans are the first two- a contradiction)
    4) Marv and Ellen- You watch Fox News for fair and balanced coverage? What Fox are you watching. I have never seen a more biased news source. (Except for Stephen Colbert who is about as legitamate of a news source as Fox).
    5) I say these things as a Pro-Choice, Democratic, Catholic, Jesuit Educated (Yes JESUIT educated- an order of the Catholic Church) youth. I am a direct counterexample to those of you who claim you can't be pro-choice and catholic

    June 1, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  77. Chris

    Holly, please clarify...why would a "pro-choice" person stand outside of a clinic and protest (paragraph 3)? And don't "pro-choice" people kill?

    Pro-lifers have every right to stand outside of these clinics and protest as freedom of speech grants us this right. I for one understand the hardships many women in this country face especially the fear and distress of an unplanned pregnancy. But there are alternate solutions out there like the thousands of families waiting to adopt a child because they are unable to conceive. I bet you if every woman that walked into a clinic had an ultrasound performed at least 50% would have a change of heart. There is no greater gift than the gift of life.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  78. jr

    Terrible. No reason for this. But ask yourself this question, if you are a DOCTOR, and your whole life is about abortion, then you are such a bad doctor it doesnt matter. no one should be murdered, but maybe he \should have been a vet and had PETA raining on his parade!!!!!

    June 1, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  79. Maria from Florida

    The extreme right incited this terrible behaviour and they forever have blood on their hands. If we can't stop domestic terrorism, how in the world can we conquer international terrorism. Marv and Ellen who responded to this article are wing nuts. Go to church and say a prayer for yourself. The rest of the country doesn't need your hypocrisy. You are encouraging religious jihad.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  80. save the children from money murder

    God bless Scott – he elimiated a Hitler for profit

    June 1, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  81. sheri

    God Bless Dr. Tiller

    He died defending women's rights. My condolences to his family.
    He was obviously an honourable man who cared a bout women.
    No one can kill someone and call themselves pro-life. The murderer is obviously just insane.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  82. Phrank

    Abort a fetus or kill an unborn baby. What's the difference? Pro-Choice groups use the politically correct term while Pro-Lifers call it what it is. Any loss of life, including Dr. Tiller's, is a tragedy. A crime was committed. Now it's up to the criminal justice system to prosecute this guy to the fullest extent of the law. Perhaps during her next interview, Ms. Chetry can show a viedo of a late term abortion so her viewers can gain a better understanding of what she's talking about.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  83. Buffalo Pro Life

    I am pro-life. Murder is an outrage. The murder of this abortion provider is evil. The person who did it has committed a grave mortal sin – an abhorrent twisted sick evil thing. DO NOT CONFUSE this sick twisted act for some kind of representation of the pro-life movement. The real pro-life movement takes place at church, where people pray for children and their mothers and the abortion providers; at home where parents educate and prepare their children for loving relationships; at school, where teachers teach that sex is a loving exchange in a loving marriage where the purpose is to have children, not to just have sex to satisfy the passions; in quiet, peaceful organized protests and demostrations, not in a bullhorn shouting, dismembered fetus poster holding, ridiculous screaming nutcase display...that helps nothing. The real pro-life movement makes an effort to build a support network for mothers in crisis. They offer help for those in need. PEOPLE WHO MURDER ARE MURDERERS AND THEY ARE NOT PRO-LIFE. THEY ARE PRO-MURDER. Do not confuse the two.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  84. Jmc

    Lets see ultra religious fanatics that threaten, terrorize and kill civilians to try and achieve misguided goals.....Reminds me of something....oh yeah Al Quieda. This is a terrorist act that should be treated that way. This isn't peaceful protest that is protected by the first amendment it is terrorism.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  85. Alvin Pettit

    Call them what they are, they are TERRORISTS!

    The FBI defines terrorism as:

    The unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a Government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.

    Thats what these people are.. Stop dancing around this, stop calling it violence or threats. They are terrorists and should be treated as such

    June 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  86. Julian Sanchez

    For the life of me I can’t understand the mentally of baby murderers!

    George Tiller supposedly is a man of faith and is an active Christian in his church; but yet on the other had he kills the unborn! One of God’s commandment is ‘Thou shall not kill’. I just can’t seem to understand the logic in this! From what I’ve been taught the Ten Commandments are non-negotiable or is there a hidden revelation in the Bible that we don’t know of that give ‘homicidal doctors’ a mandate to stop God from bringing into the world new creation?
    Tiller "dedicated his life to providing women with high-quality heath care despite frequent threats and violence," his family said…. Since when is it unhealthy to have children?

    The martyrdom of innocent babies in the 20th. Century is the worst holocaust in human history!

    June 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  87. Bobby

    Anti-choicers have the awkward task of condemning murder and celebrating the end of an abortion doctor. What do these anti-choice groups mean when they say they are not responsible for the murder of Dr. Tiller? They only called Dr. Tiller a mass murderer, encouraged his harassment, supported numerous attacks on his clinic, and fueled vigilantism on their websites. Christian love indeed.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  88. Sherie

    Operation Rescue is a domestic terrorist organization support by Fox News. Dr. Killer was murdered in cold blood and the killer, Bill O'Reilly and the senior staffers of Operation Rescue should all put jailed for murder. Dr. Tiller was doing his job. Abortion is legal in the U.S. Shame on CNN for contributing to the controversy surrounding abortion by espousing right-wing rhetoric. Abortion is legal. Dr. Tiller did nothing wrong by law.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  89. Jmc

    Marv/Ellen, The other side showed they are not "pro life" and got there side in by murdering a doctor. You can watch fox news and hear what you want to here or you can watch CNN and hear the truth. You are going to have to deal with eventually might as well be now. I love how you right wingers are pro life as long as they are soldiers or abortion docs. Also you are anti big government unless except when the government tries to interveen in the personal lives of citizens. You can legislate morality......If you can learn that.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  90. truthseeker

    Mike writes :"Lets see, when a priest is killed, do Lifers accuse Abortionists??? NOT!”

    Not sure that makes sense. Abortionists don't paint priests as murderers or baby killers even although many of the clergymen are guilty of horrific pedophilia and child abuse - much of which has been swept under the rug by the church. Yes, there are pro-lifers who are not violent but many of the organizations that exist today are flirting with violent extremism and undermining their own message of love and compassion.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  91. Katherine

    I found the following quote about the individual who shot a person at a recruiting center, ""political and religious motives" in the shooting."
    Because of this he is being held as a terrorist. So should the person who shot Dr. Tiller. The late term abortions he performed had to be signed off by two physicians verifying that physicial harm would come to the mother if the procedure was not performed. They idea that anyone would ask someone to injure them selves because they don't believe in a procedure is hidious. Noone has the right to force a pregnancy in the first place. We are not a third world, backwards nation. Women have rights too.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  92. John Burwell

    no such thing as pro abortion? who do you think your kidding Mike try Peter singer.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  93. John Burwell

    Derzis is dreadfully dishonest or ill informed, most of the protesters in front of those clinics are peaceful, if it was as she said we would have had dozens upon dozens of killings, and bombings. Of the millions of protesters at thousands of protests there is very little violence.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  94. nathan

    Pro-lifers doing what they do best. Spreading hate with their license plate.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  95. Mike

    "Lets see, when a priest is killed, do Lifers accuse Abortionists??? NOT!"

    Marv, just curious, when was the last time a pro-choicer killed a priest because the priest didn't support abortion? Now, I'm as anti-abortion as the next guy (there's no such thing as pro-abortion), but that comment was just absurdly asinine. Of course the anti-choicers don't accuse the pro-choicers, there's nothing to accuse them of.

    And Kelly, bravo. You worded that perfectly.

    June 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  96. Kelly

    CNN is not the party who should be ashamed here, but the people calling these doctors murderers and baby killers. They provide LIFE SAVING MEDICAL CARE to women whose pregnancies pose a grave risk to their health. Maybe your family hasn't been put in that situation, but mine has, and a late abortion was the only thing that saved my mothers life. No one particularly likes the idea of abortion, but the death of a fetus is surely preferable to the death of a 36 year-old wife and mother. My mom went on to have a healthy baby, my brother, after her abortion and we are still an intact family, one that wouldn't have existed had pro-lifers been given a say.

    June 1, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  97. kris smith

    This is for Marv. What do you mean that "lifers don't target doctors for death"? Surely you have heard about Dr. Barnett Slepian and his killer James Kopp.

    June 1, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  98. holly

    Thank you Ms. Derzis for telling the folks the truth about these protesters.

    The people who come to reproductive health care facilities are not peaceful. They yell phrases so terrible most of us never have to experience such hatred directed our way. These folks regularly threaten lives.

    Perhaps there are many reasonable folks in our world who label themselves "pro-choice." I assure you, you will not find one standing in front of a woman's health care clinic. Reasonable people do not threaten, harass, break others property and kill.

    I imagine any peaceful "pro-lifer" would be terribly ashamed to see such behavior exhibited in the name of love.

    June 1, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  99. Ellen

    I agree, Amen. To get both sides go to Fox news. Chetry is a former anchor there. I am certainly not in favor of murder, and this killer gives pro-lifers a bad rap.
    I heard about this pathetic interview from Laura Ingram. I am only on this site to scold Chetry for supporting partial-birth abortion, as she is a mother. Imagine your daughter as she is being born, then given a blow to the head causing death.

    Let's see if this comment gets posted by the Communist News Network (CNN)

    June 1, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  100. Marv

    Shame on you CNN and K. Chetry! Nice job having a baby killer supporter on your show but neglecting to bring in the other side. Typical CNN single speak. Try Fair and Balanced reporting. Chetry knows and never should have left Fox! Your Liberal view is once again on your sleeve – PATHETIC and why I would never watch your your show. Thats what it is, a show of left leaning propaganda with sinking viewership. You know full well that Lifers dont target doctors for death. Lets see, when a priest is killed, do Lifers accuse Abortionists??? NOT!

    June 1, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
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