On Thursday March 11, 1993 a gunshot fired in Pensacola, Florida, struck at the heart of the pro-life movement.


Abortionist David Gunn was shot in front of an abortuary by a man who, claiming to be a pro-lifer, immediately gave himself up to police and confessed to the crime. David Gunn died a short time later during surgery. Michael Griffin, aged 31, has been charged with murder.


Predictably enough, the entire pro-life movement has been labeled potential murderers by the media. Canadian pro-abortion activists have cynically capitalized on this American tragedy, hoping to sway the politicians into supporting their calls for draconian injunctions against pro-life picketing.


Killing an abortionist is not a pro-life act. It cannot be excused by references to the number of babies lives that might or might not be saved. In Christian terms, the motivation for pro-life action is best expressed in the saying, “hate the sin, but love the sinner.”


The pro-life movement is guided by a deep-rooted belief that killing human beings is wrong. We condemn violence in all shapes and forms. We condemn the violence that takes place in abortuaries throughout the world where babies are killed, and mothers are scarred for the rest of their lives. We condemn the violence expressed through a society which abandons mothers and refuses them the means to give life to their children.


We condemn the violence in hospitals where disabled newborn babies are refused surgery, and starved to death. We condemn the violence championed by euthanasia activists who say that elderly, the comatose and the terminally ill should be killed to “put them out of their misery.”


If pro-life movement begins to lose sight of these principles, it will never succeed in reversing our culture of death. If, for even one moment, we begin to set any exceptions for reverence for all human life, no matter how wounded or misguided, then the pro-life movement will not deserve to succeed.


Killing an abortionist is not pro-life.