Damon Linker asks why more pro-lifers aren’t like Tiller’s murderer:
If abortion truly is what the pro-life movement says it is — if it is the infliction of deadly violence against an innocent and defenseless human being — then doesn’t morality demand that pro-lifers act in any way they can to stop this violence?
Morality demands no such thing. Morality also does not demand that we torture a suspected terrorist if we think we might save many lives by doing so. The ends don’t justify the means. Morality forbids you to do evil for the sake of good. Utilitarianism is not the same thing as moral reasoning. Of all people, pro-lifers should understand this — that killing someone isn’t a morally permissible way to relieve suffering. Fortunately, most pro-lifers do understand it. That most pro-lifers don’t kill abortion doctors is not because they’re insufficiently pro-life but because they are consistently pro-life. George Tiller was murdered because his killer wasn’t pro-life enough.