Palin on Dr. Tiller’s Murder

I have gained a tiny, ever so small, shred of respect for Sarah Palin.

Dr. George Tiller was one of the few doctors who performed late term abortions, something I disagree with. Because of this anti-abortionists had targeted Dr. Tiller in the past. Anti-abortionists bombed Dr. Tiller’s clinic. One shot Dr. Tiller in both arms in 1993. Bill O’Reilly addressed Dr. Tiller’s clinic recently on his program due to pending criminal investigation of the clinic. Some have claimed Lil’ Bill responsible for Dr. Tiller’s murder by bringing attention to the clinic.

A gunman shot Dr. Tiller at his church in Wichita Kansas this past Sunday. Sarah Palin released a statement the same day concerning Dr. Tiller’s murder.

from The Atlantic:

“I feel sorrow for the Tiller family. I respect the sanctity of life and the tragedy that took place today in Kansas clearly violates respect for life. This murder also damages the positive message of life, for the unborn, and for those living. Ask yourself, ‘What will those who have not yet decided personally where they stand on this issue take away from today’s event in Kansas?’

Regardless of my strong objection to Dr. Tiller’s abortion practices, violence is never an answer in advancing the pro-life message.”

It is important for the pro-life movement to distance itself from radicals. That can do nothing but hurt their cause. Also, coming from Palin (yes I know someone probably wrote this for her) that message carries a lot of weight. Think of the segment of the population that follow her. Some of them are the ones who need tempering. Palin’s message is a call to those radicals to cool it.

If Palin is sincere then I’ve gained a little respect for the woman. Even if she isn’t, it is still an important message.

And of course it’s one Hell of a PR bump.