As everyone probably knows already. Dr. George Tiller, A Wichita, Kansas late-stage OB-GYN who performed late-stage abortions when the mother’s life was at risk, was shot and killed this morning at his church.
Here’s what his family–his wife, Jeanne, his four children and 10 grandchildren–issued as a statement:
“Today we mourn the loss of our husband, father and grandfather. Today’s event is an unspeakable tragedy for all of us and for
George’s friends and patients. This is particularly heart wrenching
because George was shot down in his house of worship, a place of peace.
Our loss is also a loss for the city of Wichita and women across
America. George dedicated his life to providing women with high-quality
healthcare despite frequent threats and violence. We ask that he be
remembered as a good husband, father and grandfather and a dedicated
servant on behalf of the rights of women everywhere.”
The LA times story also quotes Warren Hern, a Colorado physician and friend of Tiller’s who said
he is now “the only doctor in the world” who performs very late-term
abortions: “I think it’s the inevitable consequence of more than 35 years of
constant anti-abortion terrorism, harassment and violence. George is
the fifth American doctor to be assassinated. I get messages from these
people saying, ‘Don’t bother wearing a bulletproof vest, we’re going
for a head shot.’ “
And Christina Page, in The Huffington Post, talks about the pattern of violence and murder against doctors who provide abortions, and says–chillingly: “
Today’s assassination of Dr. George Tiller comes 5 months into the
term of our second pro-choice president. For anyone who would like to
believe that this is a statistical anomaly, a coincidence that doesn’t
portend anything, again, you are wrong.
During the entire Bush administration, from 2000-2008 there were no murders.”