This year’s Voices of Courage Benefit (formerly titled the Rashbaum-Tiller Awards Ceremony) will be held in New York City on June 7. During the benefit, we will be honor two extraordinary abortion providers: Dr. David Grimes of North Carolina with the William K. Rashbaum, MD, Award, and Dr. Colleen McNicholas for the George Tiller, MD, Award. More details about the event to come.
Dr. David Grimes has been a provider, researcher, and teacher of abortion since 1972. He was educated at Harvard, University of North Carolina, and Emory. Board-certified in both ob/gyn and preventive medicine, he has served on the staff of the CDC and four medical schools. Long a champion of evidence-based medicine, he and his CDC colleagues helped to place abortion care on a solid scientific footing in the early years after Roe v. Wade. Dr. Grimes chaired the World Health Organization Task Force conducting international research in abortion and emergency contraception. He has testified about abortion safety in state and federal courts, the Supreme Court of Ontario (Canada), and the U.S. Congress. After writing widely in the medical literature over his career, he recently published a book on the past, present, and future of abortion in America.
Dr. Colleen McNicholas completed medical school at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her ob/gyn residency and Family Planning Fellowship at Washington University, where she is currently on faculty in the division of family planning and serves as the director of the Ryan Residency training program. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. McNicholas is passionate about reproductive health advocacy and access. She provides abortion services in multiple locations to ensure women in underserved areas can access safe legal abortion and frequently travels to Jefferson City and Washington, DC, to address the increasing incidence of legislative interference into the practice of medicine.
The William K. Rashbaum, MD, Abortion Provider Award
The William K. Rashbaum, MD, Abortion Provider Award honors a physician who provides outstanding abortion services and serves as an inspirational leader for colleagues, residents, and medical students.
2015: Phillip Stubblefield, MD
2014: Carol Ball, MD
2013: Eve Espey, MD
2012: Linda Prine, MD
2011: Curtis Boyd, MD
2010: Carolyn Westhoff, MD
2009: LeRoy Carhart, MD (with video from the event)
2008: Mildred Hanson, MD
2007: George Tiller, MD
2006: Shalom Press, MD
The George Tiller, MD, Abortion Provider Award
The George Tiller, MD, Abortion Provider Award recognizes a physician early in their career who provides abortions while demonstrating leadership and courage, even in the face of adversity.
Dr. Rashbaum Remembered
William K. Rashbaum, MD, (1926-2005) was a gifted obstetrician and gynecologist, an inspirational teacher, a passionate advocate for a woman’s right to comprehensive reproductive healthcare, and a co-founder of this organization.
As a young physician, Dr. Rashbaum was regularly called upon to attend to women who had been seriously injured by illegal abortions. Following the legalization of abortion, he performed abortions in New York City and trained hundreds of medical students, residents, and doctors how to do so.
Dr. Rashbaum had a reputation for speaking his mind, but his patients knew him as a gentle and compassionate man who would hold their hands during difficult times. Dr. Rashbaum died in 2005.
Dr. Tiller Remembered
Dr. Tiller (1941-2009) was a family physician who provided abortions for more than 30 years, specializing in later procedures. He trained at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then served as a United States naval flight surgeon in California before returning to Wichita to begin his private practice. His patients soon made it clear that providing abortion was an integral part of their health needs.
Dr. Tiller was tremendously active with reproductive rights and health organizations while providing critical services to women in need. Despite continual harassment and violence, he advocated tirelessly for the women he served. A former Physicians for Reproductive Health board member, Dr. Tiller mentored colleagues from around the country. He provided compassionate and quality care to women in difficult situations.
On May 31, 2009, Dr. Tiller was killed by an anti-abortion protestor.