Anti-abor­tion ac­tivist who shot Kansas doc­tor freed

The Progress-Index Weekend - - LOCAL -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A woman who shot Wi­chita abor­tion doc­tor Ge­orge Tiller and at­tacked abor­tion clin­ics in sev­eral states in the 1990s has been re­leased from prison in Ore­gon, prompt­ing con­cern in clin­ics across the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to a pub­lished re­port Wed­nes­day.

Rachelle “Shel­ley” Shan­non was re­leased from a half­way house in Port­land, the U.S. Bureau of Pris­ons con­firmed. She will be on su­per­vised re­lease for three years but the bureau said con­di­tions of her re­lease will not be re­vealed.

Shan­non spent 25 years in cus­tody and had been liv­ing at the half­way house since May, The Kansas City Star re­ported .

“We’re extremely con­cerned,” said Kather­ine Spil­lar, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Fem­i­nist Ma­jor­ity Foun­da­tion. “We’re alert­ing providers, brief­ing them and mak­ing sure they have enough se­cu­rity pre­cau­tions in place.”

The Rev. Donald Spitz, an anti-abor­tion ac­tivist who stayed in con­tact with Shan­non, said abor­tion-rights ac­tivists should not be wor­ried about Shan­non’s re­lease.

“I don’t think she’ll be do­ing any­thing vi­o­lent,” said Spitz, leader of Pro­Life Vir­ginia and spon­sor of the Army of God web­site. “Of course, no one knows, but I’d be very sur­prised.”

He said he talked to Shan­non on Mon­day and de­scribed her as up­beat about her re­lease but said he didn’t know Shan­non’s plans.

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