Let me preface this post with a statement: I believe that murder is wrong no matter if the victim is a 24 week old fetus or a 67 year old doctor.
I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, the cold-blooded killing of an innocent person is something that should never happen. On the other hand, that’s what he did for a living. He got paid to kill human beings. I guess how you view this story is determined by what you think of abortion. If you think abortion is an acceptable practice, then you will be justifiably shocked at his death. If, like me, you believe that life begins at conception, and that abortion is the murder of innocent children, then you can’t be entirely horrified at his death.
Not only was he an abortionist, he was “one of the nation’s few providers of late term abortions…” making him especially heinous. Not only did he kill “lumps of tissue” (as pro-abortion advocates refer to a days- or few-weeks-old fetus), he killed babies that actually LOOKED like babies! His wife says that his murder is “an unspeakable tragedy.” I’m sure it is a tragedy to her, but she and her family have been living off the proceeds of murder for too long for me to feel too badly for them.
The article says that he has been killing babies since 1973. Let’s assume that he only performed five abortions per day (although he most likely performed many more than this). If he only performed six abortions per week for the past 36 years, that means he has killed over ten thousand babies. Did anybody cry when Hitler died? This guy has been killing babies for longer than I have been alive.
I am sad that yet another human being has been murdered. I am sad for the shooter, for to take another life is a sin. I am sad for the man’s family, because no matter his sin, he was a father and a grandfather. But my sadness for these people is vastly outweighed by the sadness that I hold for the thousands of people this doctor murdered, and the millions of lives that have been snuffed out since Roe v. Wade was decided. I am sure some other doctor will take up the slack and the slaughter of innocents will continue, but this doctor will never kill another baby.
Some would say he is burning in hell. I try to have a biblical worldview, and in light of Scripture, we need to remember that eternal destination is not determined by your sins on earth, but by your choice to trust in Christ or to reject His gift of forgiveness. If this man rejected Christ, then he is truly burning in hell as we speak. If however he did truly trust in Christ as Savior, then he is in heaven, answering some very difficult questions right now. For his sake, I hope the latter.
God is just. God is merciful. Psalm 103:6-12