The feminist blogosphere* is alive with shock, worry, condolences for Dr Tiller's wife. Hoyden about Town has a round-up, but as yet, Tigtog hasn't linked to one of the reactions that I found most compelling, from Janet Stemwedel at her Science Blogs place, Adventures in Ethics and Science.
I understand that people who are against abortion feel very strongly about the issues involved. I get that they feel that medical procedures that are legal are nonetheless immoral, and that they would like the laws to be changed.
However, trying to accomplish a change in the availability of abortions by targeting health care providers with violence -- in other words, trying to change the situation by striking terror into the hearts of the people doing the things they do not like -- is terrorism. This kind of tactic is terrorism regardless of whether you agree with the end it is used to try to advance.
Click through and read about what she intends to do each time someone makes a comment on her blog to the effect that Dr Tiller deserved what he got.
Here in NZ, although people protest against abortion, and try all legal avenues to stop abortion (and long may they fail!), no one has resorted to killing, or attempting to kill, doctors as they go about their work, doing the best they can for their patients. Long may this continue, that those who disagree with the law in New Zealand use protest, petition and court cases to make their point, but not physical violence against other New Zealanders.
In the meantime, rest in peace, Dr Tiller.
* Not just the feminist blogosphere either. One not-so-feminist voice in NZ has condemned the violence too. Shame about his commenters, though.