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.
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."