Monday, June 01, 2009

Message I received re Dr. George Tiller's Murder: Please Read

I have known about this man for many years and the bravery he has shown in his service to women. I wanted to pass this info along to you. Mina

I am writing today to share my deep, personal sadness and that of the entire Planned Parenth ood family about the murder of Dr. George Tiller this morning in Kansas.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and those close to him who are suffering a personal tragedy.

Dr. Tiller was the epitome of high quality medical care underscored by deep compassion for his patients. While he was not a Planned Parenthood provider, Dr. Tiller provided critical reproductive health care services, including abortion services, to women facing some of the most difficult medical circumstances. He was continually harassed by abortion opponents for much of his career - his clinic was burned down, he was shot by a health center protestor, and he was recently targeted for investigation only to be acquitted by a jury just a few months ago.

None of this stopped George Tiller from his commitment to providing women and their families with compassionate care that others were unwilling to offer.

His death is an enormous loss for the patients who relied on him, his dedicated staff, and the medical community. And it is also a loss for each of us for whom Dr. Tiller represented courage against unbelievable adversity.


Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America