PRESS STATEMENT: Health Care Providers Mourn the Loss of Dr. George Tiller, A Tireless Advocate for Women’s Health
For Immediate Release
June 1, 2009
Washington, DC—Today the board of directors, membership and staff of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), representing more than 11,000 reproductive health care professionals, expressed tremendous grief and outrage over the senseless assassination of Dr. George Tiller on Sunday, May 31, 2009. Dr. Tiller was a long-time ARHP member and abortion provider in Kansas.
Dr. Tiller had been an abortion provider since 1973. He had continuously been a target of anti-choice advocates, surviving a previous attempt on his life in 1993 when he was shot in both arms. His staff and patients were routinely harassed and his clinic was recently vandalized. The clinic was also bombed in 1986, although Dr. Tiller was not injured in that incident.
“We are all devastated by the untimely death of Dr. George Tiller. Our thoughts are with his family, his staff, and the countless women he helped throughout his career,” said Wayne C. Shields, ARHP president and CEO. “Dr. Tiller was an important and often unsung advocate for women’s health, trusting women to make the best decision in difficult situations. His senseless death reminds us of how truly divisive the issue of reproductive freedom remains. It is my hope that in memory of Dr. Tiller, the importance of women’s timely and unrestricted access to abortion will gain recognition and understanding.”
A suspect in Dr. Tiller’s death was apprehended a few hours after the shooting.
The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) is the leading
source for trusted medical education and information on reproductive and sexual
health. ARHP educates health care providers, informs consumers, and helps shape
public policy. ARHP is a non-profit membership association composed of highly
qualified and committed experts in reproductive health. ARHP members are health
professionals in clinical practice, education, research, and advocacy and they
include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives,
researchers, educators, pharmacists, and other professionals in reproductive
health. To learn more, visit: http://www.arhp.org.