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In Memory of Dr. George Tiller

June 1, 2009

As many of you may know, late-term abortionist and women’s rights activist Dr. George Tiller was murdered yesterday. His was one of only three facilities in the country where women could receive abortions after the 21st week and many women traveled from out of state to meet with him. Dr. Tiller devoted his life to giving women the choices that they deserve and he practiced medicine with compassion and a deep commitment to social justice.

Dr. George Tiller

I don’t know what to say, other than that this is an outrage.

I also find it highly ironic that the perpetrator of this act identifies with pro-life organizations. I don’t understand how people who are so concerned with the lives of unborn babies can see fit to kill someone in the name of their cause. To make matters worse, he was gunned down inside his church.

The National Organization for Women has condemned Tiller’s murder as an act of “domestic terrorism”. In a statement released today NOW also calls the assassination “a stark reminder that women’s bodies are still a battleground, and health care professionals are on the frontlines.” As long as we do not have control over our reproductive system, women’s bodies will continue to be a battleground. Dr. Tiller fought valiantly for women’s rights and he will be remembered as a hero who never backed down, even in the face of threats, bombings, and a previous shooting. For myself, and everyone who believes in this cause, thank you Dr. Tiller.

A story about a woman who had to use Dr. Tiller’s services.

A post about Dr. Tiller on Shapely Prose that has lots of links to stories about Dr. Tiller and statements made about his murder.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. daniella permalink
    June 1, 2009 8:02 PM

    I don’t know much about this doctor guy, but yeah doing late abortions is a very touchy subject, in my eyes yes most definitly it is in humian to do. But in this case uno every woman I guess has a right to choose, is it his fault that that woman decided to kill her baby ,see me I would never wait that long uno I don’t think I could do it at all but some woman go thru certain emotional things where they make these horrible decisions what if the lady was raped by a serial killer/rapist got pregnant from this guy would u want a child in this world to possible do the same to other women like what happend to u no u wouldn’t .but I can see how people feel about abortions though.

  2. June 2, 2009 7:33 AM

    Daniella: Almost invariably, late term abortions are wanted pregnancies that have become non-viable (the fetus is dead, dying, or likely to have a short and painful life) or where the woman’s health is at serious risk. Read the links included in the post. Don’t fall into the anti-abortion trap of thinking late term abortions are just for those lazy bitches who couldn’t be bothered getting them earlier and don’t care about the viability of the fetus.

    • Jill permalink
      June 2, 2009 9:42 AM

      And adding to that point, I think it’s important to remember that the later in the pregnancy that an abortion occurs, the more traumatic (physically, though I suppose emotionally as well) it is–and the more expensive it is. While many women who have late-term abortions would vastly prefer to have the relatively simple, much less expensive first-trimester procedure, accumulating money and getting to a clinic (meaning, getting off work, getting a babysitter, getting transportation, getting a parent’s, court’s, or partner’s permission) before the kind of arbitrary deadline of 12-14 weeks can be seriously prohibitive.

      Bitch, PhD has more.

  3. Lisa permalink
    June 2, 2009 9:58 AM

    Hexy and Jill, thanks for reminding us that a late-term abortion is never a desired outcome, but rather it sometimes becomes necessary due to unfortunate circumstances.

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