Pro-Life Group Calls for Investigation into Death Threats Against Pro-Life Activists

June 26, 2009 - 12:09 PM
An anti-abortion group is asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate what it says are death threats against abortion opponents after the killing of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas.

Operation Rescue president Troy Newman, left, prays during a memorial for abortion deaths at Operation Rescue's headquarters Saturday, June 20, 2009, in Wichita, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Wichita, Kan. (AP) - An anti-abortion group is asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate what it says are death threats against abortion opponents after the killing of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas.
 
Operation Rescue of Wichita, Kan., on Thursday released audio recordings and e-mails containing threats, including one that says it's "time to start killing Bible-thumping morons."
 
Tiller, an abortion provider, was gunned down May 31 while attending his church in Wichita. Abortion opponent Scott Roeder is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the case.
 
Operation Rescue president Troy Newman says the Justice Department dispatches federal marshals to protect abortion providers but ignores threats against abortion opponents.
 
The Justice Department declined comment.