Thursday, April 06, 2006

Abortion Practitioner Who Killed Girl in Failed Abortion Hits Pro-Lifer With Car

Two issues in this piece.

The first is the background. This is George Tiller, MD, who has already earned more than his share of notoriety even among abortion providers. A grand jury might soon call him to testify in the death of Christin Gilbert, age 19, under his "care." As the article makes clear, her family is planning to petition for a grand-jury investigation on a charge, I assume, of manslaughter (a legal term meaning "gross negligence that causes the death of another person").

Separately, Dr. Tiller has earned the wrath of the pro-life movement because of his explicit advocacy and advertisement of late-term abortions. So: yesterday, Mr. Mark Geitzen was outside Dr. Tiller's practice, measuring the driveway to make sure that his pro-life prayer teammates would stay far enough away from it to comply with the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. The sound of an automobile engine over-revving made him look up. Dr. Tiller, at the wheel of his car, had gunned his engine and was barrelling straight toward Mr. Greitzen. Caught by surprise, Mr. Greitzen couldn't even decide whether to jump to the left or the right. As it was, Dr. Tiller's car, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, clipped Mr. Greitzen in the leg. Dr. Tiller then sped away as far as he could push his car's engine, according to multiple eyewitnesses.

Now let me see: it would seem that Mr. Greitzen could easily sue Dr. Tiller for:

  1. Operating an automobile in a careless and negligent manner.
  2. Causing injury by this negligence.
  3. Leaving the scene of an accident.
And that's assuming that the Wichita DA does not prosecute for felonious vehicular assault and battery! Mr. Greitzen has ample evidence of that, in that Dr. Tiller drove down the center of a driveway that is two car-widths wide.

Mister District Attorney, I call upon you to do your duty. If you do not, then the country will know that you apply a double standard to the law, and that certain people, who are then and there within their rights, are no longer deserving of the common protections that the law affords against the use of physical violence to settle political or philosophical disputes.

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