--Dr. George Tiller (read the full transcript taken from Voices of Choice)
Dr. George Tiller, an ob/gyn who practiced in Wichita, KS, was fatally shot as he ushered services at his church this morning. A public supporter of women's reproductive rights, he carried through his belief that women hold sovereignty over their own bodies and lives by delivering their babies, assisting in their everyday gynecological needs, and also providing abortions when women sought them.
Targeted by right-wing anti-choice zealots as part of a systematic strategy of domestic terrorism involving decades of violent intimidation, he and his staff suffered numerous acts of harrassment. Those included vandalism, picketing, and even a non-fatal shooting of Dr. Tiller prior to this deadly attack. Dr. Tiller was especially singled out by anti-choice extremists because he offered women the option of late-term abortions for patients who needed them. (Go here to understand the circumstances that would lead women to need late-term abortions.)
I'm moved by his abiding courage and stubborn insistence that women should receive the care that's appropriate for them to control their reproductive lives. His family and supporters in his community have our eternal gratitude for courageously standing by him; surely they lent him strength to do his work and unfortunately, at times they shared the risks to his safety as well. We at MOMocrats send the Tiller family our deepest condolences upon the untimely loss of a generous, ethical, caring, empathetic person.
Dr. George Tiller: a father, husband, grandfather, member of his congregation and community--the pro-choice movement has lost a cherished ally and friend. We mourn your passing.
In memoriam messages here.
H/T to The Blue Ey'd Hag, @lizditz, Askew's DK diary
Cynematic believes every woman's life is a story, and all women should have the chance to write their own beginning, middle, and end. Determining if or when to have a family, and what size it should be, is a fundamental human right. She blogs at P i l l o w b o o k.