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Honoring Dr. George Tiller

Honoring Dr. George Tiller

I have known Dr. George Tiller’s name for a long time. I have been pro-choice for as long as I have known what abortion was, and have volunteered and worked at Planned Parenthood and other women’s health clinics. Dr. Tiller has always been a hero of mine. Here is a man who has dedicated his life to women’s health, to providing legal services to women who need them and to treating his patients with dignity and respect. Here also is a dedicated father of four, grandfather of ten, husband and friend to many.

And now here is a man who has given his life for his work, murdered at his place of worship. No one should be killed simply for doing their job. No one should be singled out for a campaign of harassment and violence as Dr. Tiller was for years. I am so sorry for his family.

Dr. Tiller fought for women’s rights every day. As one of only a handful of doctors in the United States who provide late term abortions, he has been a constant target of the fanatic anti-abortion movement.  He has been shot in both arms. His clinic has been bombed. He and his family have suffered death threats. Yet he has persisted through all of this to serve those women who need him, who have nowhere else to turn. And that, my friends, is true courage. He was a real hero.

Blogger loree920 posted a moving tribute to Dr. Tiller on DailyKos, describing her family’s long relationship with Dr. Tiller. Her tribute shows that Dr. Tiller’s work was about more than abortion – he was an OB/GYN, and has cared for women through all stages of life.

So now let’s talk about those late-term abortions that Dr. Tiller performed and made him such a target of the anti-choice movement. The Guttmacher Institute has an excellent article about the limits of abortion statistics in the U.S., but based on CDC data and their own research, the Guttmacher Institute estimates that only 1% of all abortions occur after 20 weeks and only 0.08% occur after 24 weeks, which is when a fetus is considered viable (potentially able to survive – with medical intervention – outside of the mother’s womb).

Anti-choice extremists would have you believe that all of these women who chose to terminate their pregnancies in their third trimester were simply lazy and unfeeling, probably ‘welfare queens,’ suddenly deciding that after 6 months or more of pregnancy they – woops! – really didn’t want to be pregnant and would rather be partying, so it’s off cross-country for a major medical procedure just like that. But in reality, women know all too well what pregnancy means from the beginning, and the vast majority of those who choose a late term abortion are either facing a terrible diagnosis for their much-wanted baby or a life-threatening turn of events in their pregnancy.  These women and their families were able to turn to Dr. Tiller and his clinic for compassionate care in their time of grief and crisis.

Much will be said in the coming days and weeks about what a loss Dr. Tiller’s death is for his patients, for women’s health and for the abortion rights movement. All of this is true. Already today I have received moving and heartfelt tributes from Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America and other wonderful pro-choice groups. But as a mother of two, my heart is just breaking for his family. He has four kids. Ten grandkids. A loving wife who must be incredibly strong to have suffered through all that these anti-choice extremists have put Dr. Tiller and his family through over the years. Dr. Tiller was so much more than a hero to women and pro-choice activists. He was “daddy” and “grandpa.”

I can’t help but fear that Dr. Tiller’s murder marks the beginning of a new round of deadly clinic violence in America, as anti-choice extremists feel their control of the nation’s agenda slipping away. And I know he will become a symbol of this divide, even more in death than he was in life. But I want to keep remembering Dr. Tiller as a good doctor, a family man, a friend – a real person with a very real family that misses him terribly. So much more than a hero.

Please send a note of condolences to the men and women who worked along side Dr. Tiller at Women’s Health Care Services in Kansas.

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12:14PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

I am sure that this "doctor", if he could go back in his life, would have preferred to work as a salesman of whatever it is. He probably thought that when saw the gun pointing at him. Burn in hell, "doctor".

12:14PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

I am sure that this "doctor", if he could go back in his life, would have preferred to work as a salesman of whatever it is. He probably thought that when saw the gun pointing at him. Burn in hell, "doctor".

11:45AM PST on Jan 15, 2010

Can I remind some of you that this is called care 2 its about caring for all life.

11:43AM PST on Jan 15, 2010

I think most of you have a sensitive chip missing in your head that you thank and glorify a man who killed babies in the last trimester of pregnancy with poisen. Can you imagine the pain that baby went through. We all know what a migraine is like can you magnify that ten times and its a baby. May I suggest if you feel so little for poisened babies which is your right you get yourself sterilised I feel this is to the betterment of children not only will there be less babies aborted but what child needs a mum so cruel. What kind of mother would you be one who has no feelings whatsoever for a childs suffering.

7:30AM PDT on Jul 31, 2009

Abortion rights protects life
I wish all the pro-lifers read the article “PROTECTING LIFE AFTER BIRTH” by Alice Miller in the link below and digest the information in it for them to see that nothing is what it seems and people that proclaim to be pro-life are really against life and people that are pro-choice are really pro-life. Please read the article in the link below to see the facts that people that proclaim to be pro-life are really ignorant that put all life in danger.

http://www.sylvieshene.com/articles-protecting_life_after_birth.htm www.alice-miller.com

forcing a woman to carry a pregnancy to term is a crime against her, her unborn child and a crime against humanity.

http://www.sylvieshene.com/articles-protecting_life_after_birth.htm



10:09AM PDT on Jul 30, 2009

Thank you Carrie. You are right...even if we disagree with someone else's choices. I have read from some here about pro life supports and how they were less than compassionate in their protests. So I hope and my goal is this: for those that are pro life supporters, remember wat we are PROTESTING. These are women from many differant backgrounds and are comming to Planned Parenthood under stressful circumstances. By screaming or shouting names or showing disgust by their presence at a clinic is in no way going to pull them back, but push them FASTER into the clinic as they probably are in fear of us! (the protestors). Im not saying do not protest! Im not saying give up! All Im saying is we all must have compassion and a loving spirit if we are trying to prevent an abortion. Our goal needs to be to get the word out the message that there are other options. It is my belief that there are women that arent told or counseled this. Peaceful protests. Peaceful words go alot longer than violence or scare tactics. Yes, it hurts, to be affected by abortion if we are the ones who had no say in the matter. We have the right to be angry when it affects us directly(through our family). I have walked in those shoes. But I still love that girl that made her decision, though I am hurt and sad. (my son who lost his child). Let's live in a society where we show love and compassion and agree to disagree and take care of our own selves.

9:47AM PDT on Jul 30, 2009

Gail, all of your life experiences have made you the good and loving person you are. I believe they are also showing you that we all, no matter what we believe have to make an individual choice based on our own circumstances and beliefs. Counseling is a must to see us through the decisions we must make.

9:45AM PDT on Jul 30, 2009

So anyone that is a victim of a violent crime, I offer my condolenses. I strongly urge you to get counseling before making a decision. Abortion is forever. I would plead with you to make a differant choice-not abort. But if you choose that avenue or already have, please, get counseling. If you choose to keep the baby under these circumstances, it will be hard! Get help through counseling and KNOW you are not alone and you can do this! A baby is a precious gift we are given in life and a baby should never be harmed. Being a parent is the hardest job! But it is also the most rewarding one! May all that read this be blessed and thankful for what we all have in our lives.

9:35AM PDT on Jul 30, 2009

I was adopted at age 6, placed in foster care at 18 months. I knew I had 2 sisters(one was killed in foster care) and a brother. I found my brother in 94. Last week I found my sister through adoption registry! Though we live 10 hrs apart we talk for hrs daily and they are moving closer to us!
Any way, I found out I have a niece that was conceived by rape. Her rapist committed rape against 4o people and killed his last victim and her baby as they waited at a bus stop. My sister was 19 yrs old at the time. She decide after many months of struggling to keep my niece. After hrs of crying upon hearing this, I am consumed with anger and cannot imagine the pain she has gone through. My sister said she couldnt give the baby up because of what she, I and our brother went through being adopted out. Thankfully she went through alot of counseling to help her. She is pro choice. But for her she says she cant abort. But that she understands others have to make their own decisions. That is alot for me to take in and think about! I am now more than ever, going to continue to work through things and keep in mind that though I dont want any body to choose abortion, there are circumstances in which they will consider. I will continue to plead with someone to make a differant choice, encourage them to talk to a counselor, but never again will look at anyone that says they have a right to abort, or has had abortion and not understand that in their heart are many circumstances I may not know ab

9:17AM PDT on Jul 30, 2009

Abortion rights protects life
I wish all the pro-lifers read the article “PROTECTING LIFE AFTER BIRTH” by Alice Miller in the link below and digest the information in it for them to see that nothing is what it seems and people that proclaim to be pro-life are really against life and people that are pro-choice are really pro-life. Please read the article in the link below to see the facts that people that proclaim to be pro-life are really ignorant that put all life in danger.

http://www.sylvieshene.com/articles-protecting_life_after_birth.htm www.alice-miller.com

forcing a woman to carry a pregnancy to term is a crime against her, her unborn child and a crime against humanity.

http://www.sylvieshene.com/articles-protecting_life_after_birth.htm

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