In Memory of Dr. Tiller, on the Fourth Anniversary of His Death


See all our coverage of Dr. George Tiller here.

I am a family doctor and I was a proud colleague of Dr. George Tiller’s. It is difficult to believe four years have passed since his murder.

George’s skills allowed him to help women further along in their pregnancies than I could. There were many times I sent patients to him, and I was so grateful to have him there to take care of women in his gentle and respectful way. George always lived as he believed, like many of us abortion providers try to do. He believed that no woman should ever be forced to continue a pregnancy, and he did all he could to help women in need of abortions. He dedicated his life, until the end, to this belief and this work.

He was such a committed individual. I was speaking with him about a patient the same afternoon, in 1993, when he was shot the first time. Despite his injuries to both arms, George was of course back at the office the next day. This experience led me to the magical thinking that even being shot at his church couldn’t stop Dr. Tiller.

To those of us left behind, we have to honor Dr. Tiller by working to make sure that abortion access is expanded, not curtailed. We can respect his legacy by working to ensure public funding for abortion through Medicaid and reversing the discriminatory Hyde Amendment. We can defend clinics that are fighting to stay open, in the face of bills seeking to set arbitrary regulations that have nothing to do with patient safety or quality health care. We can expose the true purpose of these laws: to shut down excellent medical facilities and force women to travel great distances to find other providers.

We can also stand firm in protecting women’s access to abortion after 20 weeks. There will always be women who don’t realize they are as pregnant as they are. I, a Harvard-trained physician, missed my own unintended pregnancy—denial is a beautiful thing—until I was in my 22nd week. There will always be women who discover that they are carrying a very sick fetus, women whose life circumstances change so drastically they can no longer undertake being a mother, women who just need our help.

We can support women by removing the shame and stigma that the anti-choice movement has associated with seeking an abortion and instead treat these women and their partners and families with great love. This is what George did each day in his clinic. This would honor his life.

We must carry on for these women, and for George. This is the remembrance he deserves—and, frankly, he would expect of us.

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  • Dez

    Thank you Dr. Tiller. His memory will continue to stoke the flames for the pro-choice movement against the intrustion of women’s reproductive rights. Trust women!!

    • eli

      Should I trust the large percentage of women that are pro-life or do they not count as the “right” kind of women?

      • Dez

        You can trust women to make the right choice for their own lives. They only count when regarding their own personal choices. That is why I am pro-choice.

  • cjvg

    Thank you, all of you doctors , nurses, volunteers who place women’s lives, compassion, the right to best medical options and morality above ideology.

    It takes true courage to be willing to put your live on the line every day for the best interest of others

  • sharonsj

    I never understood why the Tiller family didn’t sue Fox News and Bill O’Reilly for inciting violence.

    Too bad we lost someone willing to stand up for his principles.

    • eli

      Because we have the First Amendment. No rational person would listen to O’Reilly and assume they have to go shoot someone.

  • Spasmolytic

    I wonder if Kermitt Gosnell and Dr. Tiller were friends?

    • Ialways

      No.

    • goatini

      I wonder if you and the troll under the bridge are friends?

      • Spasmolytic

        Believe it or not I’m pro-choice. I just find it ridiculas that the pro-choice community views George Tiller as some kind of humanitarian.

        • HeilMary1

          Then you probably think forcing women like Beatriz in El Salvador to die of pregnancy-caused lupus for a non-viable fetus is also “humanitarian”.

          • Spasmolytic

            George Tiller made over a million dollars a year providing abortion services. I suspect that was the motive behind his career choice.

          • HeilMary1

            Tiller needed that million to pay for lawyers and security protection against death threats and assassins with Fetal Idolatry Derangement Syndrome. He could have made a lot more as a plastic surgeon to snooty Hollywood stars. Instead, he suffered constant harassment from pedophile priest terrorists and their besotted brood mares just to save grateful ordinary women from deadly pregnancies.

          • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

            Yes , real doctors always provide services for free. Don’t you know that? Or perhaps you’re thinking about fake clinics–aka CPCs where there are no doctors.

          • cjvg

            Because all other specialty doctors in America life in abject poverty!

          • Spasmolytic

            I’m speculating but I suspect abortion providers benefit from having low malpractice insurance. As far as I know, there’s not much risk involved. Except for that ‘guy’ in Pennsylvania that pro-choicers don’t like mentioning.

          • goatini

            “Except for that ‘guy’ in Pennsylvania that pro-choicers don’t like mentioning.”

            Oh, you must be referring to criminal Gosnell, whose crimes have been reported on RH Reality Check since at least 2011.

          • cjvg

            Are you out of your mind, speculating indeed, abortion providers have the highest rates of any medical provider!

            And for your information any provider offering surgical procedures automatically falls in a higher premium, unless your contention is that no living person is involved in said procedure since women are not actually living humans with rights!

            -First off at any given day abortion providers might be accused of forcing an abortion (it does not matter that it will be proven false, they have to defend against it)
            -Second he was a late term abortion provider, which in itself means that there are severe complications with the pregnancy, either due to the health of the mother, the fetus or both!
            -Third he falls under the ob/gyn provider, which in itself is one of the specialties with the highest premium.
            -Fourth, he is a provider in a severely stigmatized and persecuted specialty, whole well funded fanatical organizations are set up to
            put them out of business by any means possible (including murder)

            Seriously, you need to start doing better then that, none of your arguments have even a semblance of plausibility or credibility for any person with a functional brain

        • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

          He helped women in impossible situations. No one has a late term procedure on a whim. These were wanted pregnancies gone very wrong.

        • goatini

          All who are pro-choice know that Dr TIller was a great humanitarian martyr.

          (It still amazes me that forced-birthers think that people actually buy their “I’m pro-choice BUT…” nonsense.)

          • Spasmolytic

            If Dr. Tiller was a humanitarian than how would you describe Mother Teresa? A true humanitarian doesn’t gain wealth from their cause.

          • goatini

            Christopher Hitchens accurately described Anjezë Bojaxhiu thusly:

            “MT [Mother Teresa] was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.”

            “Everything everyone thinks they know about [Mother Teresa] is false. It must be the single most successful emotional con job of the twentieth century.”

            “Many more people are poor and sick because of the life of [Mother Teresa]: Even more will be poor and sick if her example is followed. She was a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud, and a church that officially protects those who violate the innocent has given us another clear sign of where it truly stands on moral and ethical questions.”

          • Spasmolytic

            Hitchens critique of Mother Teresa was blinded by his hatred for religion.

          • goatini

            Hitchens’ critique of Bojaxhiu was accurate and spot-on. She was a fraud and a crook, who demanded the most luxurious treatment and accommodations for herself, while condoning the utter squalor to which she consigned the desperately ill indigent.

            There is nothing about religion that has been written or uttered by Hitchens that I disagree with in the slightest. I remember well hearing his comment on the radio after the demise of radical fundamentalist fraud Falwell: “If you gave Falwell an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox.” I LOL’d – so true.

          • Spasmolytic

            I’m only speculating but I suspect liberal women don’t like Mother Teresa because her views on abortion was not compatible with feminism. I didn’t make that connection when I used her as an example. I was referring to the fact that she didn’t profit from her work.

          • goatini

            Bojaxhiu accepted honors and grants from Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, a man known for the severe mistreatment of his own people while living in a bubble of luxury.

            When asked to return donated money from the corrupt banker Charles Keating, Bojaxhiu remained silent.

            Bojaxhiu also accepted money from Robert Maxwell, later discovered as stolen money.

            Bojaxhiu had millions of dollars transferred to secret accounts. When floods and chemical disaster hit her home of India, there were no financial relief efforts to be found.

          • Spasmolytic

            Honestly, I really don’t know very much about her. I didn’t realize she was controversial. I won’t mention this to my mother because she has a painting of her.

          • cjvg

            So you know not much about dr tiller except his profession and you don’t know much about sister Teresa, but somehow she is elevated to a saint in your opinion and dr tiller is condemned as being a bad person ?

            Nevertheless dr tiller actual helped people, while sister Teresa gave the dying a place to do so while she looked on and got off on it, she literally counseled them to reveal in suffering, and told them their suffering was a great thing!

            “God will reward you in heaven for all the pain you and/or your child will suffer now, and no, I will not use the churches ample funds to prevent even one smidgen off it!”

            Teresa had the church pay her mortgage, dr tiller did not have that luxury, nevertheless he never turned away a patient in need.
            Who was really the humanitarian here!
            Those who promote and venerate suffering (I think it secretly excited her, as much as she never ever prevented one iota of pain to a fellow human) or those who tried to prevent as much needless suffering and pain as they could?!

          • Ella Warnock

            I didn’t like her because I shared Hitchens’ view that she was a total con-woman. Being a scammer for god isn’t anymore “moral” than just being a scammer. I don’t think even she believed all of her own bullshit.

          • Amanda Kazarian

            Personally I don’t like “Mother” Teresa, because all she did was give people beds to die in and say “God appreciates your suffering” She put the terminally ill and those with infectious diseases in the same room and didn’t get a properly trained medical staff to help those in need in her “homes”. She really is over rated.

          • Katikam

            She opposed contraception of any kind. Think about it. A family struggling to feed 5 kids does not need a sixth one. Having to feed kid nb 6 would yield to a number of the kids dying. Most of the world population is made up of children doomed to an early death.
            Like other so called prolifers, Spams I assume you don’t like kids, and even less babies? ? That’s why you oppose any social programs aimed at helping pregnant women and babies and children?

          • cjvg

            Seriously?!
            Have you abandoned all objectivity and logic?!

          • canaduck

            Hitchens was a pompous, misogynist scumbag (I say this as an atheist) but he’s pretty much right on Mother Teresa.

          • Spasmolytic

            A lot of male liberal elitists are sexists. Bill Maher and Kieth Olbermann come to mind.

          • HeilMary1

            All anti-choice GOP men are looksist, adulterous playboys who probably force secret abortions on their mistresses like Rep. DeJarlais.

          • canaduck

            I am more than willing to admit that sexism is a major problem on both sides of the political divide. It manifests itself in different ways but women are always the ones who lose.

          • Spasmolytic

            I would never justify sexism but sometimes women over analyze what men say.

          • HeilMary1

            And some men don’t think before they say obviously hurtful things to women.

          • Spasmolytic

            Keep the men who say hurtful things out of your life. You can’t change us but you can avoid us. By the way, women can also say hurtful things to men. We might not admit it but we also care what women think of us.

          • Spasmolytic

            Your going to hate this but here it is – Men create, explore, and lead society. A woman’s role is to civilize us. Without you men will kill each other. A perfect example is how patriarchal countries in the Middle East function. Western nations where women are acknowledged as being important flourish.

          • canaduck

            Now,whyintheworldwouldanybodyhatesomebodyforsayingthatmengettodothings,andwomengettowatchanddreamofdoingthings?Thatwouldbeabsurd!Womenlovebeingnothingbutsupportstataff!Comeon,don’tbeanasshole.

          • goatini

            Pretty difficult to “create, explore, and lead” anything, when you are legally classified as property without rights to be used for breeding purposes, as females have been since the beginning of recorded history, until about 100 years ago.

            Pretty condescending , victimizing, and ultimately meaningless, to concoct a patriarchal fantasy that a disposable piece of property to be exploited must also be held accountable for “civilizing” their owners and masters.

          • Spasmolytic

            Women underestimate their contribution to society because over the past 40 years its been determined by a few that success is being just like men.

            Let me tell you a quick story. My grandparents migrated form Italy a long time ago. As you can imagine, they’re extremely old fashion and adhered to very strict gender roles. My grandfather worked while my grandmother stayed him with the kids. She didn’t even drive. Mostly because she didn’t wan’t to. On the surface it probably appears she was an oppressed victim. Nothing could be further from the truth. For example, every pay day that check was immediately handed to my grandmother who gave my grandfather an allowance. What ever my grandmother gave him was not up for debate. She was firmly in charge. That’s just one example. I should also add she wasn’t above smacking him the face every once and a while if he got out of line.

          • goatini

            I’m first generation American, and I think you have no idea whatsoever what your Grandmother thought of the constricted, restricted, diminished role that she was forced into by society, religious cult dogma, and the prevailing misogyny and sexism of the era. From your description, it sounds to me like she was quite bitter about it all, to the point that she wielded what little “power” she had by acting out violently.

          • Spasmolytic

            She wasn’t bitter because she didn’t obsess about gender roles like feminists do. She wasn’t violent, she didn’t slap him often and from what I’m told she didn’t even hit him hard. It was just a little tap.

            This might comes a shock to you but women weren’t necessarily unhappy before the feminist movement. Some studies suggest women were actually more satisfied with their lives back then.

          • goatini

            Oh, right, “some studies”, like the FAUX Opinion Channel non-qualifier for BS propaganda launching, “Some say…”.

            And before the latter-day feminist movement, no one really much cared at all whether women were “happy” and “satisfied” – especially in the regressive theocratic misogynistic Catholic culture in which your Grandparents lived. No divorce, no contraception, no legal protections against domestic violence, and “you made your bed, now lie in it” as the chief principle. I can report first-hand that this is how it was 50 years ago, and it was worse in your Grandmother’s time. At least, 50 years ago women were beginning to question this regressive theocratic misogyny – but the women of your Grandmother’s age was telling them to “shut up, be grateful, pray the Rosary, and offer up your suffering”.

            I lived through the Mad Men days. Things are better now for women, no question and no contest. And we’re NOT going back.

          • Spasmolytic

            Why are you speaking for all women? Do you have any concept of individuality?

          • goatini

            You brought your family into the discussion, not me.

            And speaking of overwhelming arrogance, let me quote the most over-the-top expression of overwhelming arrogance posted here today:

            “Men create, explore, and lead society. A woman’s role is to civilize us.”

            The only one here “speaking for all women” is YOU.

          • Spasmolytic

            Big difference. I’m not judging women like your judging my family. My comment about ‘create and explore’ was more tongue-in-cheek than anything else. Thinking back to some of my comments, I at least said some positive things about women while you assessment of men has been mostly negative.

          • goatini

            1. Again, YOU are the one who brought your family into the discussion.

            2. Calling self-determining women “bitter” is not “positive”.

            3. Positing that women were “happier” when they were prohibited from accessing the resources and support for self-determination, is not “positive”.

            4. Get back to me on your “assessment” of the opposite sex when YOUR gender has been legally classified as property without rights to be used for breeding purposes, as females have been since the beginning of recorded history, until about 100 years ago.

          • canaduck

            …she didn’t say anything negative about men. Actually, she didn’t say anything about men, period–the only time she even USED the word was when she mentioned Mad Men. You need to stop assuming that pro-female means anti-male.

          • Spasmolytic

            Is she not able to speak for herself?

          • canaduck

            Hell if I know. I have no idea who she is. Maybe she isn’t following this thread anymore. GREAT response to my comment on your part, though. Next time you don’t have anything to say, you’d probably be better off–well, not saying anything.

          • goatini

            I did, 5 days ago.

          • Katikam

            Your grandmother was a domestic abuser. Violence is never justified.
            As to the role of women and men, have you ever heard of statistics and of statistically meaningful samples? One experience does not shed light upon billions of individuals and hundred thousands years of practice.

          • Spasmolytic

            Women can become angry and violent but they are not physical domestic abusers because for the most part they don’t use violence as means to control or coerce their partners.

            Emotional and verbal abuse is different because a woman can inflict just as much psychological damage as a man.

          • canaduck

            Uh, men make up the majority of domestic abuse cases (as well as the majority of those that involve serious injury or murder) but you’re fooling yourself if you think that women can’t be domestic batterers. Female abusers are in the minority but they’re significant enough that we can’t just pretend that they’re statistical outliers or random flukes.

          • canaduck

            How about not telling oppressed classes of people how to feel about their oppression?

          • Katikam

            Sometimes some people under-analyze any information. Some people avoid getting informed, not sometimes but usually.

          • goatini

            Given a choice of Messrs Maher and Olbermann, and your self, regarding my putative expectations of being treated with dignity and respect, I’ll go with Bill and Keith. I think it would be more fun to hang around with them, too. Much more dignified and respectful, and much more fun, than a troll who finds amusement in desecrating the memory and legacy of a great American and a great humanitarian martyr. Just saying.

            Oh, and PS, I’m guessing that your assessment of Messrs Maher and Olbermann as “sexist” is based in the fact that they mince no words in reference to theocratic misogynist women who are an embarrassment to the gender, such as Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann. Too bad for you, I can’t stand those two or others like them, either. You must be one of those “men” who think that women “should” support other women just because they’re women. Unfortunately for you, we are not stupid like that.

          • HeilMary1

            Hitchens based his analysis on the research of overlooked British journalist Ann Sebba and many of MT’s former volunteers provided that info.

          • Ella Warnock

            Well, we can imagine that she wanted to go to heaven, so she would indeed be gaining what she viewed as wealth from her humanitarian works.

          • HeilMary1

            “Mother” Teresa has been debunked by journalist Ann Sebba and volunteer Hemley Gonzalez as a Munchausen by Proxy misery addict fraud.

        • cjvg

          Because a man who risks, life, health, social stigma, his families safety etc (while he could easily chose a different, well compensated socially celebrated medical field) just to provide desperately needed health care to women is obviously just in it for himself!

          Logic, so overrated, lets reduce education funding some more so people quit insisting on it.
          It is a b*tch if the facts just won’t cooperate, isn’t it

          • Spasmolytic

            I have my opinions about him but you guys seem to really admire him. I don’t expect to change your mind.

          • cjvg

            Based on what, exactly, are those “opinions” ?
            Provides choice= evil man, needs to be murdered?!

            Obviously, as your blind unfounded admiration of sister Teresa, your laughably inane, patently dishonest and simple minded assumptions on provider malpractice rates as well as the assertion of comfortable lifestyle as an abortion provider shows (are you actually aware that he was shot to death for choosing this profession, as were many others), it is most likely not based on any actual credible and unbiased research!

            By the way, this was not the first time dr tiller was shot at or harassed in his private life, sure easy money right?!

        • kacnallsmom

          It’s funny Spasmolytic. You want to assume and judge Dr. Tiller. Well let me tell you from PERSONAL experience. He was a humanitarian. He saved my family from financial ruin (from hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills) as well as saved my family emotionally. You can’t imagine what a woman is faced with when she finds out that her baby is incompatible with life and her own state won’t do something about it because they didn’t find out until after 20 wks. Don’t assume you know what Dr Tillers motives were. No amount of money is worth getting shot. I spoke to him, I was given care by him and I tell you without a shadow of a doubt that he did it to help women in trouble, period. Try asking someone who was Dr Tiller’s patient before you start slamming the man.

          • Spasmolytic

            If you knew him personally there’s really no need for me to speculate. I’ll take your word for it.

          • Katikam

            I suspect that humanitarian motives are alien to Spasm. Did you even go out of your way and used your resources to help someone who wasn’t a family member or a close friend? I’m not even asking if you risked your life for another person as Dr Tyler did, just whether you can comprehend what a humanitarian actually does.

        • Katikam

          George Tyler was a humanitarian. Can you read? Inform yourself. For a New Yorker you are shamefully ignorant1

          • Spasmolytic

            Just because someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t mean they’re ignorant. To suggest otherwise is arrogant.

      • HeilMary1

        LOL! That’s priceless!

      • Trollface McGee

        Hey, I take exception to that. Just because we live under bridges doesn’t mean we don’t have standards.

    • Dez

      I wonder if you have any intelligence to the know the difference between illegal abortions or not? Probably not. “Pro-lifers” are usually pretty stupid about women.

      • Spasmolytic

        About half the women in this country are pro-life. Are they pretty stupid about themselves?

        • HeilMary1

          They haven’t yet heard about obstetric fistulas that cause divorce, or molar pregnancies and multiple organ failures that may cause their own deaths.

          • Spasmolytic

            So essentially what your saying is women who don’t agree with you are ignorant?

          • HeilMary1

            I’m saying that our GOP/Vatican-controlled media keeps women ignorant of the frequent, grisly, deadly, bankrupting and divorce-causing complications of childbirth. You support keeping them ignorant so they’ll be tricked into risking their health and lives for spoiled pedophile priests.

          • Spasmolytic

            I respect women too much to suggest they can’t differentiate between religious dogma and their own morality.

          • HeilMary1

            And if they have abortions to save their own lives, health, marriages, employment, etc., do you still respect them?

          • Spasmolytic

            Abortion isn’t a malicious act therefore I don’t judge any woman who decides to have one. Its really none of my business.

            The problem I have is how George Tiller is remembered as some kind of martyr when in reality he was nothing more than a shrewd business man who understood the value of supply vs demand. He became a millionaire because the demand for late term abortions is much greater than the number of people performing them. He had a recession proof cash cow.

          • Ella Warnock

            If abortion isn’t a malicious act, why are Dr. Tiller’s motives suspect?

          • Spasmolytic

            Abortion isn’t a malicious act by women. However, I sometimes question the motives of abortion providers.

          • Ella Warnock

            Do you question the motives of any other types of doctors? Many cosmetic surgeons aren’t saving lives; they’re catering to vanity. Doctors who perform IVF procedures are also catering to vanity.

            Supply and demand issues would suggest that there should be more abortion providers, not fewer. Competition based on standard of care.

          • Katikam

            Dr Tyler was no millionaire. He could have made much more money if he had stuck to his initial practice. He was an idealist who helped women and often did so not only without charge but helping them financially.
            Do you have the minimal attention span require to just consult Wikepedia? I’m no even bothering mentioning BOOKS on the history of contraception and abortion in the US.

          • cjvg

            That is a lie!
            If you respect women so much, why are you constantly agitating to pass harassment laws and humiliation tactics to ensure the women you “respect” so much do not get to make their own choices?!

            Besides, your claim of half of the women are pro-life is patently false, each and every time an anti-abortion law goes before the voters it is resoundingly voted down!

            Obviously those women are NOT willing to vote in any law abolishing abortion, that in effect makes them pro-choice.

            I guess technically you are right about at least half the women in this country being pro-life then, since being pro-choice is the only true pro-life position after all.
            The consistent defeat of these laws down should clue you in that you are obviously delusional in your believes that at least half the women in this country are anti-choice

          • Spasmolytic

            I don’t support any harassing and humiliating reproductive laws. I’m a New York republican which is much different than the guys in the Tea Party.

          • goatini

            It’s been over 40 years since “New York Republicans” were different, and the last of the “different” ones died over 12 years ago.

            As for today’s New York Republicans, they’re quite active Tea Party types. Michael Grimm and Vito Fossella, for example. Grimm’s own web page is called “Staten Island Tea Party”.

            You’re not “pro-choice” and you’re not any different than any other latter day GOTP types.

          • HeilMary1

            And adulterous Fossella got caught having a secret SECOND family with his mistress when his wife read about the other woman bailing him out of a DUI!

          • cjvg

            But you can not understand why
            a man, who is willing to risk his and his family personal safety and ultimately his life,
            a man who is willing to live with fear and social stigmatization for him and his family,
            a man who could have made the easy choice and made a career in a medical specialty that had no social stigma, plenty of social approval and admiration, money and absolutely no risk to him or his family
            a man who willingly despite all this chose to providing women who have no other options with compassionate care?!
            Woman must travel miles to obtain the medical procedures they need to prevent death, or further suffering for them, their families and their fetus because so few are willing to make that hard choice for the benefit of others.
            This is America, if it is extremely profitable (like you claim without any proof), plenty are willing to take risks.
            Very few are willing to take risks like that if they have plenty of other options to make even more money without any of the risk and lots of social approval to boot.

          • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

            I’d use that description to describe you, Spas.

        • Dez

          Yes if they make stupid comments like yours that clearly shows their ignorance about abortion.

        • Sappho Girl

          And many women who expouse pro-life beliefs end up having abortions. They may not share this publicly, or even with close friends, but those of us working at abortion clinics know this.

          And that’s okay. It just means they’re human, and that their actions aren’t always in line with their espoused beliefs.

  • wildthang

    All women face the risk of death in pregnancy and childbirth and other severe hormonal effects and they alone should be able to have a medical choice and religious freedom of choice about when and how to take such risks.
    How can the imaginary world of religious belief in unprovable views of unprovable beings control our real human lives by people who use our societies freedom for their protection and then work to take them away from others. if they do not believe in freedom they don’t deserve the benefit of the freedoms themselves when they only believe in higher laws only they can fathom to be imposed in the rest of us. They do not deserve public support or protection.

  • kacnallsmom

    Thank you Dr. Tiller. I was your patient and you were there for me during the scariest and saddest moment of my life. I had a planned pregnancy that went wrong. My child’s heart defect was no compatible with life. Thanks to Dr. Tiller I didn’t have to go full-term and watch my daughter die. She was able to pass peacefully and with honor. The day Dr Tiller was murdered my heart broke. He was such a caring and compassionate man. Thanks to him I have a beautiful little girl who is healthy and smiling all the time. If I had to go full term with a pregnancy that I knew would not survive I don’t think I would have been able to try again for another child emotionally. Not to mention the emotional damage it would have caused my other daughter (who was 4 then). My love to Dr Tiller and his family. Dr Tiller was my hero.

    • Shan

      Thanks for sharing your story. I’m so sorry for what you and your family went through but I’m glad Dr. Tiller was there when you needed him.

  • Spasmolytic

    I’ve posted a lot of comments on this thread and I haven’t received one like. Its somewhat demoralizing. I feel like the kid in school who no one liked because he had lice. With that said, can I get at least one like? You don’t have to agree with me, just throw me a bone. Even trolls deserve some love.

    • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

      Well this is a pro-choice board, which is what you claim to be, though your words cast serious doubt on that assertion. To be honest, I’m not sure what kind of reception you expected to get.

    • cjvg

      So you want us to lie to make you feel better?!
      Sometimes the truth hurts, deal with it!

      • Spasmolytic

        Your taking this way too seriously. This is just internet banter. Its the lowest from of interpersonal communication.

        • canaduck

          Right, everybody knows that the internet is completely separate from “the real world” and there’s no connection whatsoever between the way people act online and the way they act everywhere else.

          Oh, and I’m glad you’re having so much fun with an issue that is vitally important to the lives of many people but will never, ever affect you.

          • Spasmolytic

            I found the link to this page by accident. Admittedly, my initial intention was to have a little bit of fun by chastising Tiller. However, I now realize you guys are extremely supportive of him and committed to your cause. I respect that.

        • bonnie moss-rhodes

          For those of us who knew the man and who saw a good decent man murdered in cold blood it is not just banter. Especiall when one who never met the man and who obviously has not a clue about him or his motives implies motives that simply did not exist.

        • cjvg

          I’m sorry, I just find murdering people because they are not adhering to your ideology not a very amusing subject.

          I must be misunderstanding the American mindset, I thought you were against religious terrorism or is that only when it entails Islamic religious terrorism?!

          I guess murder in by Christian religious terrorist is just A OK

          • Spasmolytic

            Lets be realistic, radical Islam posing a much greater threat than Christianity. The problem is liberals are so afraid of offending Muslims that their obvious to realty.

          • goatini

            Radical fundamentalist cults of ANY stripe are ALL equally threatening. All radical fundamentalist cults want to impose a theocracy in whatever nation they live in. I respect all non-radical, non-fundamentalist, non-theocratic practitioners of ANY cult. ALL radical, fundamentalist, theocratic practitioners of ANY cult are a danger to the communities, municipalities, and nations in which they live.

            But thanks for letting us know more about your bigotry.

          • cjvg

            Again with the grand canyon sized logic fail.
            You keep astounding me with the plain ignorance you so shamelessly display.
            You are posting on a page in remembrance of dr tiller who was murdered in cold blood by a CHRISTIAN TERRORIST !

            Do you believe that his family feels better about it since it was not a muslim terrorist who shoot him?
            Do you believe he is less dead since it was a Christian terrorist?
            What kind of ridiculous logic are you applying here?

            Personally I believe the end result and the experience of being murdered is pretty much the same regardless of what religious label you want to stick on it!

            In actuality, for those of us who actively support and provide choice (and yes we are also American) radical Christian terrorist pose a much much larger threat then radical islam!
            We are much more likely to die or be injured/assaulted by a radical Christian terrorist!!

          • Jennifer Starr

            Radical anything is an issue. Once someone starts thinking that they have the right to kill or bomb to enforce their beliefs or to punish those who do not follow their faith, that’s a dark path. There are Christian reconstructionists and theocrats who would love to bring back Old Testament style punishments–stoning, execution, selling into slavery etc. for those who do not follow their faith. They are small in number, but they exist, and they would have us be a theocracy and form a Christian Taliban in a split second if they thought they could get away with it.

          • canaduck

            The issue with the word “radical” is that it keeps getting conflated with “extremist”. “Radical” just means “to the root”–a radical is somebody who wants to solve a problem by starting at the very bottom of the system that creates it. Extremists are who we need to fear–not radicals.

          • Jennifer Starr

            Very well said–thank you :)

          • Jennifer Starr

            In fact, Paul Hill, the Christian Terrorist who killed an abortion doctor back in the early ’90s, believed that anyone who took the Lord’s name in vain or committed blasphemy deserved to be executed. These people are not good guys.

  • bonnie moss-rhodes

    I worked for Dr. Tiller. Dr. tiller could have had a different type of practice. One in which him and his family would not have had to live with threats and stalking. One in which vandalism and slander were not the routine. He could have had a practice where he was not shot by some crazy woman or had his building bombed. But Dr. tiller believed in what he was doing, helping women. making sure women had a safe legal place to turn to when they made a choice based on their knowledge of their personal situation.

    If he were only in it for the money he would have chose a practice were he did not have to pay for round the clock security or see his insurance rates skyrocket from repeated vandalism. He would not have been so quick to waive fees for those who could not aford services. He would not have gone out of his way to pay for women to advance through higher education or have been so generous in so many other ways. I remember on christmas when he gave each of us on his staff a large sum and told us we were to go out and find a way to help others and then report back what we had used it for.

    Dr. Tiller never aspired to martyrhood. He wanted to grow old with the wife he loved, the children he was so proud of and the grandchildren he adored. Scott roeder and those that cheered him on in murdering Dr. tiller made him a martyr. Dr. Tiller simply refused to give in to the bullies, the ignorant, or the zealots. He thought womens lives and their decisions were worth to much to sell them out. He knew the risks and yet he did not back down instead he ignored the danger to himself to help others in need. that is the definition of a Hero.

  • Maggie Aly

    I am sorry, but I do not believe taking the life out of innocent children is moral, or something to be praised. A baby can survive from 22-23 weeks out-side of the womb with medical assistance-it has happened before, so how can abortion after 20 weeks be justified? I did not know this man, however, for me, and I am sure anyone who values life, he is not a man to be praised whatsoever. I prefer doctors who save lives, not take it.The babies that were taken by abortion did not ask to be born, and we are not God, so we don’t have any authority to take it, and that is what this ‘doctor’ did. I am not saying he should have been shot or anything, but to me, he is not a man who has my respect.

  • Arachne646

    Dr. Tiller and the health professionals and volunteers who worked with him were some of the people in our society who we can thank for some of the freedom that we enjoy each day, just as much, or more, as the combat veterans in uniform that we remember once a year.