Setting the Record Straight on George Tiller
Tiller was best known for the abortive services his clinic provided -- in particular, late-term abortions in severe cases where the health of the mother was threatened. But part of the importance of Tiller's legacy was that his clinic was not about abortion. It was about reproduction. Women who wanted to terminate their pregnancy were helped. But women who wanted to have a child, or ensure their infant's health, also turned to Tiller. Loree, a patient of Tiller's, remembers:
In 1980 I was pregnant with my first child. I had no insurance and couldn't afford a doctors appointment until I was approved for a medical card. Mom told Dr. Tiller and he brought me into his office where he examined me, free of charge. I can credit him with the very first picture taken of my son.
The last story I have to share is about my friends who could not have children. Dr. Tiller’s office worked with several attorneys in the Wichita area to provide adoption services for his patients who wanted this option. My friends have a 10 yr. old boy now, who is loved and adored.
It sounds trite, but Tiller's legacy was not about abortion. It was about choice. And so was his murder.
June 1, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
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