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Tiller's Murder Is an Unjustifiable Act

Late-term abortion doctor George Tiller was shot to death inside a church in Wichita, Kansas on Sunday.

Over the years I've heard all the arguments from the extremists. Wasn't it morally justifiable to attempt to assassinate Hitler to stop him from killing Jews? What about the world's other maniacs? There are plenty of them. Is it ever morally justified to kill them? It all depends on the circumstances, some say. Maybe.

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The murder of George Tiller is unlikely to reverse the momentum in the direction of protecting unborn life, it is an unjustifiable act, no matter what spin some people might put on it.
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This is America. There is no doubt that Tiller engaged in grisly activity -- the destruction of babies in the third trimester. Thanks to advances in technology, many of those babies might have lived outside the womb at a time when they were being killed inside the womb.

There can be no justification for taking the law into one's hands. The person who murdered Dr. Tiller is morally no different from the fanatics on 9/11. The terrorists thought their cause was righteous and they were carrying out the will of their god. If everyone behaved like that, no one would be left on earth.

Significant advances have been made in protecting unborn life. A recent Gallup poll revealed that for the first time since Roe v. Wade in 1973 that a majority of the public is now pro-life. Those numbers have come about because of peaceful persuasion and the realization that America is paying a steep moral price for allowing 50 million babies to be killed since 1973.

While the murder of George Tiller is unlikely to reverse the momentum in the direction of protecting unborn life, it is an unjustifiable act, no matter what spin some people might put on it. All life is valuable, including the life of an abortionist.

Cal Thomas is America's most widely syndicated op-ed columnist. He joined Fox News Channel in 1997 as a political contributor. His latest book is "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America" is available in bookstores now. Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribune.com.