On June 3, we honored two physicians at our annual Rashbaum-Tiller Abortion Provider Awards ceremony in New York. Eve Espey, MD, MPH, received the William K. Rashbaum, MD, Award, for providing outstanding abortion services and for serving as an inspirational leader for colleagues, medical students, and residents. Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc, received the George Tiller, MD, Award, for his dedication to providing abortion care in underserved regions of the U.S. and for demonstrating leadership and courage. The keynote speaker was noted activist and actor, Martha Plimpton, who gave an impassioned speech celebrating providers and their work to break down barriers to comprehensive reproductive health care access. Thank you to everyone who attended—as always, it was a profoundly inspiring night.
If you weren’t able to make it, you can see some photos from the evening, read Dr. Parker’s acceptance speech, and read the press release about the event. RH Reality Check also covered the awards. Read More
Four years ago today, Dr. George Tiller was murdered in his church in Wichita, Kansas, because he provided abortions. Dr. Tiller was one of the nation’s few providers of later abortions. For many years, anti-choice extremists targeted him, his staff, and his patients. When he was killed, we lost a gifted physician, a dear colleague, and a model of compassion and caring.
Today we share these remembrances of Dr. Tiller and his impact on patients’ lives:
Tribute: Former Physicians board chair Suzanne Poppema, MD, on Dr. Tiller’s commitment to his patients and how we can honor his memory
Video: From 2012, Physicians board member Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc, discusses Dr. Tiller’s generosity and kindness on Democracy Now!
Video: Dr. Tiller talks about how he became a provider
Video: Dr. Tiller explains why he continued his work, despite repeated harassment and violence
Video: Voices of Choice, our documentary about pre-Roe abortion providers, featuring Dr. Tiller
Oral history: “I have more to be grateful for than I have to be resentful about.”
Profile: A 1998 portrait of Dr. Tiller Read More