Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Attitude is Everything

On Sunday we were shocked and horrified by the murder of Dr. George Tiller in his Wichita, Kansas church. While the shock has worn off, the horror is still here.

Dr. Tiller was continually harassed by abortion opponents for much of his career - his clinic was bombed, he was shot by an anti-choice extremist, and he was recently targeted for investigation only to be acquitted by a jury this spring. But none of this stopped Dr. Tiller from providing needed abortion care to women from all over the country.

I am fortunate to have met Dr. Tiller and his amazing staff several times. I have a button from his clinic that says “Trust Women.” If women were trusted to make decisions about their reproductive health, they would be able to get health care without fear of violence, harassment, or intimidation.

Dr. Tiller had another button that he gave out – it said “Attitude is everything.” He an amazing attitude and generosity of spirit despite the adversity he faced on a regular basis. His death is an enormous loss to the pro-choice community and women everywhere.

There are dozens of news articles and analyses about this terrible tragedy. Here are some of the pieces we have been reading:

Rachel Maddow discussing
the obstacles to obtaining an abortion in many parts of the country and an interview with Dr. Susan Wicklund, an abortion provider who knew Dr. Tiller.

“Where Will Women Go Now?” discusses the important care that Dr. Tiller provided.

“Slaying Raises Fears on Both Sides of Abortion Debate” contains today’s coverage from the Washington Post.

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