Kansas Abortion Provider Slain

Very sad news: A prominent abortion provider, George Tiller, was shot and killed this morning inside his church in Wichita, Kansas. He was one of the few remaining doctors in the US who perform therapeutic late-term abortions after 25 weeks (to 28 LMP). Unfortunately, Dr. Tiller was regularly targeted by radical anti-abortion groups; his clinic was bombed in 1986 and he was shot and wounded in 1993.

Dr. Tiller's death is a loss for not only for those close to him but for the entire pro-choice and women's health movement, not to mention the countless people he has helped over the years and would have helped in the future. We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and staff.

For more information, here are breaking-news newspaper articles from the Washington Post and New York Times. RH Reality Check also has extensive coverage of the murder and the issues surrounding it.

Click here for Scarleteen's statement on Why We're Pro-Choice


I currently reside in Kansas. The news of this man's death shocked me for sure, he had be acquitted on the illegal late-term abortion charges. The murderer was a man who had issues with controlling his actions in the past. It's impossible to take radical anti-abortion as well as radical pro-choice groups seriously. These groups are called radical for a reason: their actions are a step too far. For personal reasons, I am pro-life. I do not, however, believe persecuting and killing are justified. Dr. Tiller's death is very tragic, and I am praying for his family.

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