Each Of Us Has A Name

Each Of Us Has A Name

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Abby Zimet

The man charged with murdering Dr. George Tiller is expected in a Kansas court today. In interviews, Scott Roeder has said he feels "elation" that Tiller is dead and women can no longer get late-term abortions at his clinic. Roeder's elation is grotesquely misplaced. In a moving eulogy, a Florida rabbi describes a painful experience "I do not wish on anyone" and a doctor "who had an understanding of this pain, perhaps better than anyone who has never gone through it personally."

Each of us has a name
given by our celebrations
and given by our work

Each of us has a name
given by the sea
and given
by our death

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