For Immediate Release
PFAW Statement on Assassination of George Tiller
WASHINGTON - Dr. George Tiller, a
physician who has been targeted for years for his willingness to provide
abortion procedures often in the most difficult circumstances, was assassinated
today in his church in Kansas.
People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan issued the following
“I am deeply
saddened by the killing of Dr. Tiller. He was a man who was dedicated to
the belief that all women deserve access to safe reproductive health services
including abortion. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his
friends, and his community.
“People have a
right to disagree about abortion, but it’s impossible to separate
today’s tragedy from the violent language that has been directed for
years at doctors like George Tiller. Those who have inflamed emotions and
dehumanized their opponents around the issue of abortion should take pause
before they continue such dangerous rhetoric.”
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