Abortion Provider Awards

The William K. Rashbaum, MD, and George Tiller, MD, Awards honor two physicians who provide outstanding abortion services, one for career-long service and one for a doctor early in her or his career.

This year’s awards ceremony will take place in Manhattan on the evening of Monday, May 19, and features Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Anna Quindlen as our keynote speaker. Purchase your tickets today!

We are honoring two exceptional doctors: Dr. Carol Ball will be receiving the William K. Rashbaum, MD, Award for lifetime achievement, and Dr. Cheryl Chastine will receive the George Tiller, MD, award for outstanding courage in the face of adversity early in her career.

About the 2014 Recipients

Carol Ball Headshot FINALRashbaum Award recipient Carol Ball, MD, graduated from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN, and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She is currently the medical director of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota. In addition, she is the medical director of the Women’s Health Programs at the City of St. Paul/Ramsey County Public Health Department and the Women’s Health Center of Duluth. Dr. Ball is a member of the Physicians’ Association Board of the Women’s Health Center. She was a board member of the National Abortion Federation from 2006 until 2012, and is currently its board chair.

JPGCherylHeadTiller Award recipient Cheryl Chastine, MD, is medical director of South Wind Women’s Center in Wichita, KS. Dr. Chastine is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, where she helped found a chapter of Medical Students for Choice. She completed her residency in family medicine at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, IL. Dr. Chastine holds a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from the University of Kentucky. She was awarded a grant from the Barnett A. Slepian Memorial Fund, which enabled her to receive comprehensive reproductive health care education through the Midwest Access Project. Dr. Chastine is honored to have received the 2013 Medical Students for Choice Alumni Award.

About the Keynote Speaker

Anna QuindlenAnna Quindlen is a bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and social critic who balances the political with the personal in her writing by placing national affairs side by side with people’s daily lives. Her astute perspectives on contemporary issues have put 12 of her books on the New York Times best sellers list.

One of America’s most outstanding journalists, Quindlen was a reporter for the New York Post before being hired by the New York Times in 1977. She wrote the “About New York” column, served as deputy metropolitan editor, and created the weekly “Life in the 30s” column before becoming the third woman in Times history to write for its influential op-ed page. Her path-breaking column, “Public and Private,” won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992.

Quindlen serves on the board of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and is an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow. She holds honorary degrees from more than 20 colleges and universities and served as the chair of World Book Night US 2012.

Her latest New York Times best seller, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, was released in January 2014 and debuted at  number 3 on the list.


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.

Winners of the William K. Rashbaum, MD, Abortion Provider Award

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 his or her career who provides abortions while demonstrating leadership and courage, even in the face of adversity.

Winners of the George Tiller, MD, Abortion Provider Award

2013: Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc
2012: Margaret Kini, MD
2011: Eleanor Drey, MD
2010: Adam Jacobs, MD

Dr. Rashbaum Remembered

rashbaumWilliam 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

tillerDr. 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.