04 June 2009

Dr. George Tiller's patients reflect on his untimely death

I'm harping on this a bit, I know.  Part of it is because I've done a lot of research on the issue, and I've grown to understand that the kind of work done by Dr. George Tiller, far from being "casual late-term abortions" that the Right to Life movement will tell you about, tended to involve the most heartwrenching, painful situations of all.  We who have never needed medical care like this, or who haven't had to go through it with a family member or close friend, should be grateful.  

These are not stories for the faint of heart, nor are they stories for those who seek to have their bias confirmed, on either side.  They're far too human for that.  So go read them, all of them.  Here's a good place to start, sort of an aggregate of the various sites around the web collecting testimonials.

From Salon, we have this:

Susan Hill, President of the National Women's Health Foundation, who knew Dr. Tiller for over two decades and referred girls and women to his clinic, said in a phone interview, "We always sent the really tragic cases to Tiller." Those included women diagnosed with cancer who needed abortions to qualify for chemotherapy, women who learned late in their pregnancies that their wanted babies had fatal illnesses, and rape victims so young they didn't realize they were pregnant for months. "We sent him 11-year-olds, 12-year-olds who were way too far along for anybody [else] to see," said Hill. "Eleven-year-olds don't tell anybody. Sometimes they don't even know they've had a period."

As I said, heartwrenching.

A tale at Balloon Juice speaks of twins conjoined in a way in which only one might survive, and then only to live a brief, painful life.

Please, please, please read on at the NY Times blog, as much as you can handle.  As you do, you will begin to see just how grotesque it is that the Right to Life movement has chosen THESE people to use as an example, to demonize, and, now, to murder.

How awful.


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