Monday, May 31, 2010
Thank You Dr. Tiller
It’s hard to believe that one year ago, on May 31st, I received a phone call from a fellow abortioneer around noon. Dr. George Tiller had been murdered in his church by a radical anti-choicer. Not only was the devastation felt in the pro-choice community, but it was felt all around the world. Vigils held in packed churches and city parks represented how far Dr. Tiller’s work and compassion spread. Women and their stories of late-term abortions surfaced on radio stations, newspapers, and tv stations.
It was Dr. Tiller that provided care to these women-women who were carrying a severe fetal anomaly, women whose life and health were at risk, and women who had complicated social issues that prevented them from receiving care earlier in their pregnancy.
We will never forget what profound service Dr. Tiller provided. He truly was an incredible physician and an American hero. As a future provider, I will never forget the legacy he left behind and the service he provided to women all over this country.
On this Memorial Day, we remember him for the man he was. A man who stood up for what he believed in and trusted women.
Thank you Dr. Tiller. You are missed.
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The loss of Dr. Tiller was immense to those who knew and loved him, to those who were his patients and to the rest of us who knew he would be there if someone we loved needed his care and compassion.ReplyDelete
But there's a truth that has survived Dr. Tiller. Despite the endless angry propaganda from the antichoicers and the egregious attempts to malign his character and his work, the truth about his goodness will live on in all the men and women who's lives he touched so deeply.
"Abortion is about women's hopes and dreams . . . it is a matter of survival for women."ReplyDelete
What a powerful summary.