Monday, June 1, 2009

More on Dr. George Tiller  

As the days pass, we will undoubtedly uncover more about the murder of Dr. George Tiller, from information released by the police to general discussion held by feminists regarding what we can do. First and foremost, DailyKosTV has released a compilation video of the various attacks Bill O'Reilly has led on Dr. Tiller. Jed Lewison made an extremely important point in saying, "As you can see from these video clip samplings of O'Reilly's holy war, you don't have to actually pull the trigger to help sponsor terrorism."

Circulate this video around the net to show that breeding blind hatred can lead to unspeakable acts.

Since the killing, President Obama has released this statement:

I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.

Also, police have taken a suspect into custody; a 51-year-old who was arrested some 170 miles away in suburban Kansas City three hours after the shooting. They are pretty sure the man acted alone, but they are investigating whether or not the suspect had ties to any anti-choice organizations.


Feministing has a great list up with many suggestions on how to take action, but I'll try to cover some of the options they might have missed.

  • The National Network of Abortion Funds has a George Tiller Memorial Fund up and running.

  • Also, as I suggested in my last post on this topic, Medical Students for Choice is a wonderful place to donate. They allow you to make donations in memory of people, so be sure to put in Dr. George Tiller's name if you do.

  • NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio made a memorial blog, in which you can donate as well.

  • You might also want to consider donating to Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

  • If you do not have many funds available yourself, consider holding a "party with a purpose," or a social gathering in which you ask attendants to give what they can. Medical Students for Choice has a party kit with many resources to get you started.

  • Consider offering your help to your local Planned Parenthood. Many of them need clinic escorts to protect patients from rowdy anti-choice protesters.

  • You can also search for open jobs and internships at a NARAL near you.

Attend a Vigil
  • Wonderfully, there are many candlelight vigils in Dr. Tiller's honor. Feministing has a bunch posted, or you can search Facebook to find one near you. If you don't see one in your area, consider organizing one. If you need help promoting your vigil, feel free to contact me and I can write a post about it.

Spark Discussion
  • It is extremely important to talk about this. Talk to your friends, your family, the check-out attendant at the grocery store - whether they be pro-choice or pro-life, it is crucial to encourage discussion and debate.

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1 comments: to “ More on Dr. George Tiller

  • June 11, 2009 at 2:23 AM  

    Some people who support abortion were fooled by the pro abortion fallacy that a fertilized egg is not a child.... nor is an undifferentiated mass of cells but this is a lie. If not a child what ? Each one of us reading and submitting comments were once a tiny collection of cells in a womb. Are we not glad we were allowed to live?
    I pray for the Tiller family ;it is awful to lose a loved one through an act of violence and I also pray for Scott Roeder who sadly like Dr Tiller resorted to violence as a solution Abortion is never a solution for anyone It is always a death sentence for the baby and a life sentence for the poor mother A deliberate decision to abort goes totally against the natural instincts of a woman to nurture and protect and it is very damaging to the body heart and mind of any poor soul who endures such an experience.If we really care about women's health we can neither condone allow or encourage abortion.There are some things in life which are simply wrong Both slavery and abortion treat a human being as if it is a disposable asset. The child in the womb is not the property of the mother nor is it the property of the father It is a new citizen with rights that should be upheld and respected in Law. "