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June 1, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Abortion doctor slain

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Dea Deujsch, center, participates in a candlelight vigil for Dr. George Tiller May 31 in Wichita, Kansas.

Fanatical right-to-lifers don’t act alone

Editor, The Times:

I am saddened and disgusted by the murder of George Tiller, a man whose defense of a woman’s right to abortion got him killed [“Abortion doctor slain inside church,” page one, June 1]. He was a courageous man who withstood decades of terror to be there when we needed him.

Police are saying that Tiller’s assassin “acted alone.” I beg to differ. As someone who defended the Everett women’s health clinic when it was firebombed in the 80s by an anti-abortionist, I know these fanatical right-to-lifers are never alone. They are part of a movement that has adopted a two-pronged strategy: an aboveground wing of the movement denounces violence while advocating extremism; an underground wing takes matters into its own hands.

Curtis Beseda, who went to jail for bombing the Everett clinic, used to be out on the anti-abortion line every Saturday when I and other Seattle Radical Women were there defending the clinic.

— Guerry Hoddersen, Seattle

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