This month brings two anniversaries of note to those of us who are interested in the role that doctors can play in the struggle for social justice: May 21, when pro-slavery “ruffians” invaded Lawrence, Kansas in 1856, and May 31, when George Tiller was murdered by an anti-abortion terrorist in 2009.
Oh, so he just fantasizes about killing people who terminate pregnancies. Much better.
A change to the justifiable homicide statute in South Dakota, find free condoms with your iPhone app in New York City, a quick run-through of five bad abortion bills, NARAL plans to take fight to the grassroots, and Sarah Palin is too feminist?
“The Assasination of Dr. Tiller” details the murder of Dr. George Tiller in his Wichita church and how the environment of intimidation stoked by the anti-choice movement and some members of the media influenced assassin Scott Roeder.
Staff at a clinic in Charlotte, N.C., under attack from anti-choice “terrorists” work in conditions most would find unendurable. Why? They say: “We believe in what we do. And some of us came to work here after being patients here ourselves.”
The myth of the born-alive fetus has long been a weapon in the pro-life arsenal, one “kept alive” by misleading language, and by efforts to pass laws that further obfuscate and mislead.