KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Yesterday, Judy Thomas of the The Kansas City Star reported that eBay corporate officials would not allow an eBay auction to go forward. The auction has been planned by abortion opponents who wished to raise money to help in the defense of Scott Roeder, 51, who is charged with first-degree murder. Roeder is accused of killing Wichita abortion doctor, George Tiller. Tiller was shot last spring while standing in the foyer of his church. Even from his jail cell, Roeder has warned that "similar events" of violence would continue.
The online company's action followed a week of increasingly vocal outcry against the auction (Rhonda Holman: WE Blog, Mike Hendricks: Prime Buzz, RoederWatch, etc). The company provided a statement, yesterday, saying that the intended auction violated its policy against "offensive material" and that it would "not permit the items in question to be posted to the eBay site." The company added that the items would be "removed if they are posted."
The Kansas City Star had reported that "an autographed copy of 'A Time to Kill,' a memoir of a man who served time for firebombing abortion clinics, is one of the likely offerings. So is a manual from the 'Army of God,' which advised people on ways to close clinics, including by bombing."