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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, January 29, 2010

CONTACT:

NAF Communications Department
202-667-5881
press@prochoice.org

Roeder Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder

Statement of Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion
Federation:

Today in just 37 minutes, the jury in Wichita found Scott Roeder
guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

While this verdict won't bring back Dr. Tiller, it is important that
justice was served. Important for the safety and security of other
abortion providers and important for women's continued ability to
access quality abortion care.

In a civilized society, we cannot allow anti-abortion extremists to
murder abortion providers in order to advance their own religious and
political beliefs.

There is no justification for murdering doctors who provide abortion
care. We hope this verdict will be a deterrent to those who may be
considering following in Roeder's footsteps, and send a clear signal
that violence against abortion providers will not be tolerated and
will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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