Remembering Dr. Tiller

31 May

I’m a woman-educated physician. I don’t know how many abortions he did, but the women in my father’s practice for whom he did abortions educated me and taught me that abortion is not about babies, it’s not about families. Abortion is about women’s hopes, dreams, potential, the rest of their lives. Abortion is a matter of survival for women.

- Dr. George Tiller, murdered on May 31, 2009

Watch videos of Dr. Tiller talking about the importance of compassion in his work.

Read stories from abortion providers about why they do the work they do.

Honor Dr. Tiller’s legacy by donating to the National Network of Abortion Funds in his memory.

Show your support for all clinicians who provide abortion by signing the Abortion Provider’s Declaration of Rights.

What are you doing to honor his memory? Please feel free to leave suggestions and thoughts in the comments.

3 Responses to “Remembering Dr. Tiller”

  1. freewomyn May 31, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    Thanks for the roundup of links, Steph.

    I was already in the process of becoming a clinic escort when Dr. Tiller died, but his murder reinforced my motivation to trust women and keep abortion accessible. I blog, Tweet, and volunteer at Planned Parenthood.

  2. placenta sandwich June 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    I was traveling all day :( It was weird and hard to be away from my coworkers, fellow bloggers, and others who I knew would be thinking the same things yesterday. But some of them sent me texts and emails and that was so helpful. I still feel weird that I wasn’t around on the blog or on Twitter!

    This year and last year I went out of my way to bring up the fact that it was the anniversary of Dr. Tiller’s murder in conversation with people who either weren’t aware or didn’t remember, just to say: he hasn’t been forgotten, and his patients and colleagues are still out there, fighting for our lives in one way or another.

    Oh, and I wonder if we did anything at work yesterday while I was gone. (We’ve long had a sign on the door that explains why we are wearing a small purple ribbon.)

  3. Steph L June 1, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    On Saturday May 28th a small group of us held a protest for Dr. Tiller in front of the White House. For about and hour and a half we walked the sidewalk in front of the White House with pictures of him and signs (mine had his “Trust Women” quote) and handed out some flyers.

    The reception from people there was pretty good, got some cheers and thank-yous from passerby, one woman who was visting from Europe (I didn’t catch what country) and remarked that where she was from being pro-choice was the norm and she couldn’t quite frankly understand how people could be anti-choice. She was happy to see young people like us taking a stand.

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