Abortion foes use eBay to raise funds for doctor's accused killer

Kansas City StarOctober 25, 2009 

An Army of God manual. A prison cookbook compiled by a woman doing time for abortion clinic bombings and arsons. An autographed bullhorn.

These are among the items that abortion foes plan to auction on eBay and other Web sites in a fundraiser for Scott Roeder, the Kansas City man charged with killing Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller.

"This is unique," said Regina Dinwiddie, a Kansas City anti-abortion activist who will sign the bullhorn. "Nobody's ever done this before. The goal is that everybody makes money for Scott Roeder's defense."

One abortion-rights leader called the auction deplorable and said it could lead to more violence.

"The network of extremists promoting and defending the murder of doctors is contributing to escalating threats against clinics and doctors across the country," said Kathy Spillar, executive vice president of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Roeder, charged with first-degree murder in the May 31 shooting of Tiller, is scheduled to go to trial in January.

Dave Leach, an Iowa abortion opponent who is organizing the auction effort, said he was aiming for a Nov. 1 launch.

An eBay official said the auction was unusual.

"A lot of times people will raise money for charities and that type of thing," said spokeswoman Alina Piacentino. "But rarely is it a controversial kind."

The company would not reveal whether eBay would permit the auction to launch.

"EBay does not allow listings that promote or glorify violence, hate, racial or religious intolerance, or items that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity," the company said in a statement.

Among items that will go on the auction block, Dinwiddie said, are three drawings she received in the mail Wednesday from Roeder. Two drawings were done by another inmate at his direction, but Roeder autographed all of them.

"They're wonderful pencil art drawings," she said. "They were done in jail."

One is a sketch of David and Goliath.

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