Closing Arguments: Abortion Activist in Jail, Abortion Provider Dead

By David Schoetz

Jun 2, 2009 11:07pm

Scott Roeder — a 51-year-old abortion opponent — appeared in court today on a closed circuit video feed from the Kansas jail where he's being held. He faced a first-degree murder charge for the Sunday church shooting of late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. Roeder will be held without bail. Tiller, pictured, had been regularly criticized by several radio and TV talk show hosts — many accusing him of murderous abortion practices. So tonight we ask: Did the media play a role in the tragic events of last weekend? And should the media be more cautious when reporting on the issue of abortion? Tell us what you think. You can follow "Nightline" anytime on Twitter: And tomorrow, you can watch our weekly NightTline Faceoff live at 12:30 p.m. right here on the Nightline web site and weigh in on the debate on our Twitter page.

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