Anti-abortion activist who shot Kansas doctor freed
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.