3 Apr 2010

Killer of US abortion doctor jailed for life

9:48 pm on 3 April 2010

A US court has sentenced an anti-abortion activist to life in prison for murdering a prominent abortion doctor last year.

Scott Roeder, 52, said he shot Dr George Tiller at a church in Wichita, Kansas, to save the lives of unborn babies, the BBC reports.

The judge at Sedgwick County court said Roeder would not be eligible for parole for 50 years. He said he gave Roeder the maximum sentence because he admitted stalking Dr Tiller for months.

In a statement to the court, Roeder said he did not regret killing Dr Tiller. "I stopped him so he could not dismember another innocent baby," Roeder said. "Wichita is a far safer place for unborn babies without George Tiller."

Dr Tiller's clinic was one of only three in the US that offered late-term abortions - performed after 21 weeks - which are legal in Kansas.