Planned Parenthood of Minnesota adds U.S. Marshal protection after Tiller murder


After the murder of late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller in Kansas this weekend, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota is accepting additional security from the U.S. Marshals Service, according to the Washington Post (via).

Tiller was gunned down while walking into his church in Wichita. He was a well-known abortion provider who had been targeted in the past. The suspect in the slaying, Scott Roeder, is a recognized antiabortion activist who believes it is acceptable to kill doctors who perform the procedures.

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One group likely to receive protection is Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or PPMNS, which provides abortions and reproductive health services in the three states. In South Dakota, where no doctor is willing to perform elective abortions, Planned Parenthood flies in a doctor once a week from Minneapolis.

"In the wake of the tragic murder of Dr. George Tiller, PPMNS has accepted an offer to supplement our present security with support from the U.S. Marshals Service," said Sarah Stoesz, president of PPMNS. "It is critically important that we ensure the safety of our doctors, staff and patients."