For Immediate Release
NARAL Pro-Choice America Statement on Jury’s Conviction of Scott Roeder
WASHINGTON - Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued the
following statement in response to a jury's conviction of Scott Roeder
as guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Dr. George Tiller.
"The jury examined the facts of this case and rightfully convicted
Scott Roeder for the brutal murder of Dr. George Tiller inside his
church in Kansas. Our thoughts are with Dr. Tiller's family and
friends. Even though this conviction brings a murderer to justice, it
won't replace the husband, father, and grandfather they lost last May.
Dr. Tiller was a tireless advocate for reproductive health who called
on us to 'trust women' to make the personal, private decisions that are
best for them and their families. We will continue to honor his legacy
of compassion and resolve.
"We also call on opponents of a woman's right to choose to end the
practice of inflammatory rhetoric and tactics that inspire this kind of
violent action from the most extreme factions of the anti-choice
movement. No other abortion provider's family should have to endure the
tragedy of seeing their loved one killed for providing an essential and
legal health service to women."
More information about violence against abortion providers and their patients
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as "one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America."