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Scott Roeder Put in Solitary Confinement Over Threats Targeting Abortion Clinic Staff

Robin Marty

The convicted killer of Dr. George Tiller will serve 45 days in solitary confinement after making threats against the director of a newly opened abortion clinic in Wichita.

A conversation with an Iowa anti-choice terrorist has landed Scott Roeder, the convicted killer of Dr. George Tiller, in solitary confinement for 45 days, according to Reuters.

Roeder, who is serving a life sentence for the 2009 murder of one of the country’s only providers of later abortions, received the additional punishment after a telephone conversation with Dave Leach, a member of the anti-abortion terrorist group Army of God, was posted to YouTube in April. In the conversation, Leach and Roeder likened opening a new abortion clinic in Wichita to “putting a target” on the back of the clinic’s operators.

“Eight [providers] have been shot, so we’ve got 92 to go. Maybe she’ll be number nine,” Roeder is heard saying in the recording, referring to Julie Burkhart, who is executive director of the newly opened South Wind Women’s Center in Wichita.

Reuters reports that Roeder will spend “45 days alone in his cell for 23 hours a day, with one hour in the prison yard for exercise, and will have reduced privileges for another 60 days.”

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