Five years after Dr. Tiller’s death

Dr. George Tiller (KSN File Photo)
Dr. George Tiller (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – Saturday marks five years since the murder of Dr. George Tiller.

The 67-year-old Wichita doctor, who was a rare provider of late-term abortions, was shot on May 31, 2009. He was standing in the back foyer of the church he attended, Reformation Lutheran Church.

Gunman Scott Roeder, an anti-abortion activist, was later convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 50 years.

Tiller’s Wichita clinic, Women’s Health Services, 5107 E. Kellogg Drive, closed after his murder.

By June of 2009, his family announced it was ceasing operation of the clinic. In a statement, the Tiller family said, “We are proud of the service and courage shown by our husband and father… That is a legacy that will never die.”

In October of 2010, a for sale sign was placed in front of the former clinic.

In April 2013, and after a fight over zoning, the site became the home of the South Wind Women’s Center. It is operated by the abortion rights group Trust Women Foundation. It does provide abortions.