Chilling

04.24.13

Iowa Man Says More Abortion Docs Should Be Shot

Makes YouTube video proclaiming ‘I think eight have been shot, so we’ve got 92 to go.’

An anti-abortion activist in Iowa with ties to Scott Roeder, the man who murdered abortion provider George Tiller, is under fire for calling for the shooting of the people who reopened Tiller’s abortion clinic. “If someone would shoot the new abortionists, like Scott shot George Tiller ... It will be a blessing to the babies,” Dave Leach says on a YouTube video. The clip features a recorded conversation between Leach and a man Leach identified as Roeder, who is currently serving life in prison for Tiller’s assassination. Citing an anti-abortion activist who predicted that the abortion “industry” would end if 100 doctors were shot, the man identified as Roeder says, “I think eight have been shot, so we've got 92 to go.” He then suggests that the new clinic director might be No. 9, saying, “I’m not sure about that. But she's kind of painting a target on her.” Prison officials are investigating whether the man on the recording was indeed Roeder, and, if it was, how he was able to participate in such a phone call.