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ACLU Mourns The Loss Of Dr. George Tiller, Murdered In An Apparent Act Of Anti-Abortion Violence

tatement By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union And Louise Melling, Director, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project


are shocked and saddened by the murder yesterday of Dr. George Tiller,
a doctor in Wichita, Kansas, who for decades provided abortions for
women even in the face of harassment and violence. Dr. Tiller continued
to care for women after being shot in 1993 and while experiencing
relentless threats and harassment at his home, his place of worship and
his clinic. We honor Dr. Tiller's courage and compassion throughout his
life and condemn his heinous murder.

Dr. Tiller was a man who understood
the importance of ensuring women's access to safe and legal abortion
care. He respected the right of every woman to be able to make this
most private and personal decision of whether to have a child, and he
worked to ensure that a woman experiencing a problem pregnancy could
obtain an abortion to protect her health and life. He was a true beacon
of liberty.

Our thoughts and sympathy are with
Dr. Tiller's family, friends, staff and colleagues. We proudly stand
with abortion providers throughout the country who care for women every
day and demonstrate what it means to ensure everyone's constitutional
right to make private health care decisions free from violence,
harassment and intimidation.

The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

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