Dave Leach

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Scott Roeder shot and killed late term abortionist Dr. George Tiller May 31, in Wichita, Kansas, USA, but the only seriously contested issue of the trial will concern what Tiller did that Roeder stopped, not what Roeder did.

Roeder’s judge is unlikely to ever allow Roeder’s jury to learn about that issue. Can Americans call it a trial by jury, where the judge decides, all by himself, that your defense is no good, and won’t let you tell the jury about it? Where the judge just lets the jury judge what everyone agrees to anyway? Wouldn’t you call it ‘busy work’, to let the jury ‘decide’ facts upon which both parties already agree?

The issue is called the Necessity Defense. It is the fact question of whether abortion is in fact unthinkably harmful enough to justify being prevented.

The 5-part video series here will help you clearly understand how, in America, the "constitutional right to an abortion" has existed at the cost of the "constitutional right to a trial by jury" in abortion prevention trials. The videos aren't boring! 8-year-old Lexi and 10-year-old Vanessa play the parts of news reporters, and later of lawyers. Dave Leach plays himself, a law professor, and the personal lawyer of a late term abortionist who was the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting his practice.

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