2009 May 31

Dr. George Tiller, Abortion Provider, Shot and Killed


Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider in Wichita, Kansas, was murdered on this day by a radical anti-abortion activist. At the time of his murder, his clinic was one of only three in the entire country that provided late-term abortions. He was the eighth doctor or abortion clinic staff person to be murdered by anti-abortion radicals since the early 1980s. Although never widely labeled as such, the campaign of murders and other violence directed at abortion providers was a case of domestic terrorism.

In an earlier instance of anti-abortion violence, Dr. Barnett Slepian was murdered near Buffalo, New York, on October 23, 1998

Watch an interview with Dr. Tiller: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V52JQ4Z3rjs

Read: Carole Joffe, Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients, and the Rest of Us (2009)

Learn more about anti-abortion violence: http://www.prochoice.org/news/kit/violence.html

Read: James Risen and Judy Thomas, Wrath of Angels: The American Abortion War (1998)

Learn more about “America’s Forgotten Terrorism:” http://www.adl.org/combating-hate/domestic-extremism-terrorism/c/anti-abortion-violence-americas-forgotten-terrorism-1.html

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