Jun 2, 2009

Thoughts on Dr. George Tiller

As a student, I had the opportunity to hear Dr. George Tiller give a lecture on abortion at my first professional conference. He spoke with compassion and practicality, both of which are necessary to provide counseling regarding this sensitive issue. It was inspiring - after hearing him, I felt I was better equipped to discuss the full range of pregnancy options with patients.

When I heard the news on Sunday that Dr. Tiller had been shot, I cried. Not only for his family - his wife, his children, his grandchildren. But for every other family who will now face a terrible diagnosis in their (very wanted) pregnancy with one less choice about what to do next.

Pro-life groups were quick to denounce Dr. Tiller's murder as a "cowardly act," stating that they do not approve of violence of any kind. In my humble opinion, their aggressive rhetoric did play a role. It incites hatred, though obviously a person must be mentally unstable to begin with to act on that hatred. Unfortunately, I have little hope that pro-life groups will change their tactics.

The plain fact of the matter is that Dr. Tiller was providing a medical service - one that he knew put a target on his back - because he felt it needed to be provided. Regardless of your politics, you must acknowledge that he was a man with the courage of his convictions. He will be missed.

4 comments:

Maggie Cats said...

Here's a great article that was published in 2004 (after Bush signed the ban on so-called "partial birth abortions")that was informative and extremely moving. You should definitely check it out:

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/magazine/articles/2004/01/25/my_late_term_abortion/

Monkey Sri said...

Thanks, Maggie! I will definitely take a look.

outdoorchica said...

wow, what a great article... I got a little choked up. Damn.

Monkey Sri said...

I agree - very moving. Thanks again to Maggie for sharing the link.