Of course, you are all like George. You care for women regardless of the personal risks, the political climate, the increasing number of restrictions and regulations and pure harassment that you and your patients endure.
Let me tell you why I am not doing this work. It is not because of the bleeding, septic, and sometimes dying women that I, and others, saw in our first years of training.
Dr. Susan Poppema, a close colleague of Dr. George Tiller’s, reflects on what Dr. Tiller offered his patients and their families, something missing from the recent push for abortion restrictions in Congress and state legislatures.
I feel so lucky to work in a clinic where we can offer women respectful and safe services regardless of income or medical acuity.
George Tiller used to say “There is no Q. U. I. T. in G. E. O. R. G. E.” The word “quit” was not in his vocabulary, and it should not be in ours.
Thoughts from the author written on the day Dr. George Tiller was shot are even more fitting today than ever.