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June-01-09

George Tiller, MD, Murdered

George Tiller, MD, was assassinated yesterday at his church in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. George Tiller, medical director of the Women's Health Care Services clinic in Wichita, Kansas, was one of the few late-term abortion providers in the country.

Dr. Tiller's murder is not an isolated event. Dr. Tiller was harassed, threatened, shot five times (in 1994). In 1986, his clinic was bombed, and, most recently, in May the clinic was heavily damaged by vandals.

"Dr. Tiller, who I knew for more than twenty years, was an extraordinarily courageous and
dedicated women's health physician," said Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal (see PDF). "Dr. Tiller was fully aware of the danger he faced, but was determined to ensure that women nationwide with troubled pregnancies had access to the best medical care that could be provided. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and his dedicated clinic staff and medical personnel."

The Feminist Majority Foundation is working with clinics and law enforcement to ensure the security of reproductive healthcare physicians and staff during this period of heightened concern.

Please click here to send messages of sympathy and gratitude to Dr. Tiller's family and staff.

Media Resources: Feminist Majority Foundation Press Release 5/31/09; Feminist Daily Newswire 5/15/09

   

     

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