“It is my fundamental philosophy that patients are emotionally, mentally, morally, spiritually and physically competent to struggle with complex health issues and come to decisions that are appropriate for them.” – George Tiller, MD
Eight years ago today, Dr. George Tiller was murdered by an anti-abortion extremist while attending church in his hometown of Wichita, KS. As one of the few doctors nationwide who provided later abortion care, Dr. Tiller for many years faced threats and violence, but he was unwavering in his devotion to his work and his patients. At this time each year we are reminded of this great loss, but we also remember Dr. Tiller’s courage and kindness as a colleague, as a mentor to young doctors, and as a physician who trusted women to make their own choices about their future.
In a time where we see threats against abortion providers once again on the rise, we are particularly grateful for the bravery and compassion that they bring to their work every day. We continue to honor Dr. Tiller’s life and his legacy by carrying on his fight to protect women’s rights and health.
- Additional reflections on Dr. Tiller:
Physicians for Reproductive Health Board Chair Dr. Willie Parker on Democracy Now! in 2012
- Former Board Chair Dr. Suzanne Poppema writing in Rewire in 2013