Dr Tiller was one of the few doctors in the USA providing late term abortions (SotBO: which are sometimes sadly necessary and usually involve a traumatic crisis in a wanted pregnancy. ETA: Tiller specialised in termination surgery which preserved women’s fertility as well as their lives in these heartbreaking circumstances. Because of successful intimidation through murderous violence of abortion providers in the USA, his was one of only two clinics in the country providing these specialist services.) He has long been a target of anti-choice activism, including being shot before.
He was murdered as he attended his church for the Sunday morning service. A suspect is now in custody. UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as one Scott Roeder and charged with murder. Investigations by bloggers have uncovered someone of the same name who has a history of tax protesting, bomb-making (charged and convicted) and online anti-abortion activism.
Thus ends years of persecution of a righteous man, including a murder attempt, a bombing, vandalism, bullshit legal cases, and harassment by the KS attorney general. Just last month his clinic was vandalized again.
R.I.P., Dr. Tiller. And thank you for dedicating, and sacrificing, your life for the women you helped.
Condolences to his family and many friends.
This is not just a vigilante loner acting out. This is the result of a culture of demonising abortion and painting those who provide it as depraved monsters. This is what that reaps.
Jill at Feministe suggests honouring his memory by donating to one or more of a list of pro-choice charities.