Friday, January 29, 2010
Don't They Have the Death Penalty in Kansas?
This homicidal douchebag was convicted of murder today in Kansas. He's the scumbag who killed Dr. George Tiller.
The media has really done a piss-poor job of reporting this case. Yes, Dr. Tiller performed late-term abortions, but the news rarely ever described the types of circumstances that lead to such a difficult and emotionally devastating procedure. Listening to the media, you would think pregnant women just decided in their third trimester to abort their pregnancies for convenience sake. This is NOT THE CASE!
Late term abortions are rare. In 2003, from data collected in those areas that sufficiently reported gestational age, it was found that 6.2% of abortions were conducted from 13 to 15 weeks, 4.2% from 16 to 20 weeks, and 1.4% at or after 21 weeks.
Late term abortions are also highly regulated by states, with the Supreme Court permitting states to prohibit the practice except in cases of threat to the life or health of the mother with the fetus's viability also being a factor.
So no, large pregnant women never flocked to Dr. Tiller to kill their babies. That's a filthy fucking lie, a lie that these pitiable women don't deserve since they ended up in his clinic because of some serious health issues, and were forced to make a horrible, unenviable decision.
So when his murderer got on the stand this week and admitted killing Dr. Tiller, and stated that he did not regret doing so, I was glad. I was glad because I knew SCOTT ROEDER would be convicted and spend the rest of his life in prison.
Apparently, his poor lawyer tried to convince the jury (and the judge) to convict him of the lesser offense of voluntary manslaughter, but the judge wold not even permit the jury to consider that since the facts support murder, not manslaughter.
So Roeder gets to be considered for parole in 25 years, 50 years if the prosecutor has her way. Either way, it is too light a sentence for a premeditated murder trying to interfere with women's health care. Dr. Tiller gets no reprieve. I'm not sure why Roeder should. Doesn't Kansas have the death penalty?
I'm not sure I believe in Hell. But if it exists, I cannot wait for Roeder to get there.