Monday, June 1, 2009

Statement on the Murder of Dr. George Tiller

Statement on the Murder of Dr. George Tiller from Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota South Dakota President and CEO Sarah Stoesz

Source: Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

Director of Media Relations
Kathi Di Nicola

We are deeply saddened and shocked to learn of Dr. George Tiller's murder today. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.

We denounce this act of unspeakable violence and brutality and remain steadfast in our commitment to provide health care to every woman that relies on Planned Parenthood. Obviously, the health and safety of our patients and staff is paramount.

Dr. Tiller had been harassed by abortion opponents for much of his career - his clinic was burned down, he was shot in both arms by an abortion protestor, and he was recently targeted for investigation with a jury acquittal coming just a few months ago. None of this stopped the courageous Dr. Tiller from providing women and their families with abortion care they needed.

Dr. Tiller's death is a profound loss for women and their families across the country and an immeasurable loss to those working to ensure women have access to all safe, legal health care, including abortion, even in some of the most difficult circumstances. We mourn with his family and with our entire community.

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