On May 31, 2009, Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider in Wichita, Kansas was at church, serving as an usher during the Sunday morning service. Anti-choice zealot Scott Roeder shot Tiller through the eye and killed him. Roeder, who publicly confessed to the crime, was convicted of murder. Now Roeder is accused of threatening Julie Burkhart, executive director of the non-profit group Trust Women, which reopened Dr. Tiller’s shuttered clinic in April of this year.
The charge is the result of a recorded phone conversation between Roeder and David Leach, an abortion opponent from Des Moines, Iowa, posted on YouTube last month that as of Wednesday had gotten 629 views. In it, Leach is heard saying that if someone shot Burkhart, like Roeder shot Tiller it would be “a blessing to the babies.” Roeder laughed, agreed and said, ”To walk in there and reopen a clinic, a murder mill where a man was stopped, it’s almost like putting a target on your back — saying, “Well, let’s see if you can shoot me.”
Burkhart said early this year her home has been picketed and she has been called a killer in some anti-choice brochures.
If Roeder is found guilty of the charges, he could face disciplinary segregation, loss of privileges and extra uncompensated work.