If Tiller is sane, does he say to himself, “Any woman who waits this long to get rid of an unwanted child would make an unfit mother and the child is better off dead than in her care?”
Who knows? We can only go by what he has publicly decreed: “it is unplanned and unwanted motherhood that shipwrecks women’s lives.” It reminds me of Jonathan Swift’s saying, “I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.”
So Tiller takes upon himself the role of God and condemns to death any innocent child whose mother chooses to label it as “unwanted.” Then he executes them. And now, a Kansas jury, looking only at the cold-blooded manipulation of the law, has set him free.
I recently saw a concise statement of the attitudes and values that allow this travesty of justice to continue — attitudes as degrading as those that promoted slavery, attitudes that led the jury to acquit Tiller. They are short enough to fit on a bumper sticker.
It is one of the vilest bumper stickers I’ve ever seen — not so much because it was blatantly crude or vulgar, but because of the sheer tawdriness of the philosophy of life that it espoused.
It brazenly proclaimed, “Just say ‘no’ to sex with pro-lifers.”