Violent abortion foes flock to visit jailed Tiller murder suspect

The list of those visiting and communicating with the man accused of killing Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller reads like a who's who of anti-abortion militants.

Two convicted clinic bombers. The man behind the Army of God Web site. Several activists who once signed a declaration that defended the killing of abortion doctors.

And federal agents have now talked to many of them.

As Scott Roeder sits in the Sedgwick County Jail in Kansas awaiting trial on murder charges, a federal investigation is under way to determine whether there was a conspiracy involved in Tiller's death.

Abortion-rights advocates say Roeder's contacts since the shooting raise questions.

"This is definitely a concern," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation. "This guy has been in the hard-core anti-abortion circle for a long time, and there has been a pattern of communication and encouragement among these people."

Those supporting Roeder say there is no conspiracy, no matter who contacts him.

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