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Scott Roeder Admits Killing Abortion Doc George Tiller; Tells Why

The man accused of killing Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller has reportedly confessed to the murder, saying he did it to protect the lives of innocent children.

The Associated Press held a 30-minute phone interview with Scott Roeder from his jail cell. Roeder said he plans to argue at his trial that he was justified in gunning down Tiller in May at a church in Wichita.

"Because of the fact preborn children's lives were in imminent danger this was the action I chose. ... I want to make sure that the focus is, of course, obviously on the preborn children and the necessity to defend them," Roeder said. "Defending innocent life — that is what prompted me. It is pretty simple."

Roeder has pleaded not guilty, and is set to go to trial in January. Roeder made it clear he is not apologizing for the shooting, nor will he ever.

"No, I don't have any regrets because I have been told so far at least four women have changed their minds, that I know of, and have chosen to have the baby," Roeder said. "So even if one changed her mind it would be worth it. No, I don't have any regrets."

His reported confession came on the same day abortion opponents released their "Defensive Action Statement 3rd Edition" that claims any force that can be used to defend the life of a "born child is legitimate to defend the life of an unborn child." The statement's 21 signers demand Roeder's jurors be allowed to consider the "question of when life begins" in deciding whether lethal force was justified.

Tiller family attorney Lee Thompson has said allowing such a defense would "invite chaos and be tantamount to anarchy." The Kansas Supreme Court has already rejected such a defense in a 1993 ruling over an abortion clinic trespassing case.

Tiller's abortion clinic in Wichita was high profile, in part because it was one of the few in the nation that provided late-term abortions. He had been a target before his murder -- he was shot in both arms in 1993, and the clinic was bombed in 1986.


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