Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dr. Tiller honored today on the Senate floor


Patients and providers should never be the targets of violence.
One year ago this Monday, my friend Dr. George Tiller was murdered at his church for providing abortion care to women.
Every day, doctors, clinic staff, and patients face the same harassment, threats, and intimidation that Dr. Tiller lived with for decades. The time to end the violence is now.
That's why today, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) stood up against clinic violence. Please thank Majority Leader Reid for condemning clinic violence and honoring Dr. Tiller's memory.
Anti-choice fringe groups haven't backed down after the murder of Dr. Tiller. Instead, they've set their sights on terrorizing providers like Dr. LeRoy Carhart in Nebraska and protesting outside women's health centers across the country.[1]
We cannot and must not allow this hateful rhetoric to escalate into further violence. No woman who seeks reproductive-health care should have to endure verbal attacks and physical intimidation. No doctor or nurse should be made to practice medicine under the threat of violence – and even death – just because of his or her commitment to women's health.
It's systematic. It's terrifying. And it's unacceptable. That's why we are so proud that Majority Leader Reid has taken this somber anniversary as a moment to speak out.
Tell Majority Leader Reid "thank you" for honoring Dr. Tiller's legacy by speaking out in support of reproductive-health professionals and patients.
Thank you for all that you do to protect a woman's right to choose.
My best,
Nancy Keenan



Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

[1] "States test abortion limits," Politico.com, April 28, 2010


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