Sadly, I have thought for a while now it was only a matter of time until something like this happened. This will not do anything to help the pro-life cause, and much to hurt it. The whole pro-life cause will be linked in the popular mind to whoever killed this doctor and you can expect the hypocrisy charges to begin.
If the way you talked about something caused someone you knew personally to commit murder and they told you they did it because of what you said, how would you feel?
The escalation in pro-life rhetoric over the past ten years or so has created an environment where it is very easy for someone to conclude that to murder this doctor was morally justified. In some way, has the harsh rhetoric about abortion contributed to this murder? If you don’t care, then do the ends justify the means? Why not advocate for wholescale vigilante justice across the country against abortion doctors? If that’s not OK, then this single act isn’t either.
I would hope that people would begin to recognize that the odds of getting Roe v. Wade overturned in this country in the next hundred years are approximately 0%, especially after an incident like this. If we understand this, I think those of us who are against abortion need to consider that the “battle” (there’s that rhetoric again!) against it needs to be fought in the consciences of individual women in this country who choose to get abortions. If every woman were convinced it was not an acceptable choice to make, there would be no abortions whether or not they were legal.
I fully expect to be attacked on the basis that the law needs to respect human life, it begins at conception, natural law, abortion is murder, etc. I don’t disagree with any of those points (maybe except the last), but we do not live in a Catholic state. We live in a secular/Protestant country, and most Catholics don’t even care or know about the theology and morals of Catholicism, so if that is the citizenry voting in this democracy, the odds of the Catholic moral and legal positions on abortion being enshrined into law are nil.
Witness to your friends and neighbors, get people to learn and accept the fundamentals, and they will accept the pro-life position and there will be fewer abortions. Bring up your kids in the faith and there will be fewer abortions in the future.
Call abortionists and women who get abortions murderers, impotently demand changes in the law affecting people who have no understanding of Catholicism, act like voting for the GOP punches your ticket to heaven, and equate anyone who differs from your view with Satan and this is what you’ll get… and Roe is no closer to being repealed.