Dr. George Tiller was killed today, at his church. He was one of the very
few doctors in the country who women pregnant with babies with severe fetal anomalies could turn to for a 2nd or 3rd trimester abortion. His clinic was known for how caring and compassionate Dr. Tiller and his staff were. I'm pretty sure he knew this is the way he would go, but he had the courage to keep doing what he believed he needed to do as a doctor. (I know many here will not agree with this, but it is what he and many others believe.)
If you want to hear from some of his patients to understand where they were coming from and to see that this is never a choice lightly or callously taken, see this site:
Here are some quotes from that site, taken from various women's stories:
The reality is that abortion in the late second and third trimesters is extremely rare. The reality is that finding a doctor to do this procedure in the late second or third trimester is almost impossible.
When we arrived at the Women's Health Center, we immediately felt the compassion and understanding from the entire staff. We had a story, and they listened. The doctor instantly connected with us and assured us that although our decision was a difficult one, he knew how sick our son was and that the choice we made was because we love him so much and couldn't bear to put him through a short life full of pain and suffering.
I was terrified. The moment I met the doctor, all of that ended. He was a wonderful and loving man. I came in on Monday and gave birth to our baby girl on Friday. We were able to hold her after, and say our goodbyes. That doctor will always be in my heart.
There are days when I am absolutely devastated. There are days when I almost feel like me. I hate that my son is gone. I hate that I had to make the decision to end his life. I hate that my womb and my arms are empty. But I am strengthened in the fact that I made my decision by focusing on him and what was best for him. I am eternally grateful to the wonderful people that guided me through this horrible experience with compassion, love, and understanding.
Thankfully, inside there was compassion, love, understanding and superb medical care. Finally, I met some other people who understood this hell we were in. I said goodbye to my son and then a few days later, I said good bye to the doctor who I will always look upon as the one shining light in the worst week of my life.
For a really powerful piece that needs to be read in full to truly appreciate Dr. Tiller's service, read this: