George Richard Tiller
August 8, 1941
|Died||May 31, 2009 (aged 67)|
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
|Cause of death||Homicide|
|Education||University of Kansas (zoology, 1963)|
University of Kansas School of Medicine (1967)
Internship, United States Navy
|Known for||Pro-choice advocacy|
|Institutions||Owner-operator of Women's Health Care – Wichita, Kansas (1975–2009)|
George Richard Tiller, MD (August 8, 1941 – May 31, 2009) was an American physician. He was from Wichita, Kansas. He became well-known as the medical director of Women's Health Care Services, one of only three clinics nationwide to provide late-term abortions at the time.
During his tenure with the center, which began in 1975 and continued the medical practice of his father, Tiller was targeted with protest and violence by anti-abortion groups and individuals. After his clinic was firebombed in 1986, Tiller was shot in both arms by anti-abortion extremist Shelley Shannon in 1993.
On May 31, 2009, Tiller was fatally shot in the side of the head by anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder, as Tiller served as an usher during the Sunday morning service at his church in Wichita. Roeder was convicted of murder on January 29, 2010, and sentenced to life imprisonment.
References[change | change source]
- "George Tiller shot to death at Wichita church". Kansas City Star. May 31, 2009.
- Stumpe, Joe. "Jurors Acquit Kansas Doctor in a Late-Term Abortion Case", The New York Times, March 27, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2009.
- Tumulty, Karen (May 31, 2009). "George Tiller Murdered". Time. Retrieved June 1, 2009.
[...]specialist in late-term [abortion] procedures
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: George Tiller|
- George R. Tiller M.D. Memorial Fund
- Are Some Anti-Abortion Attacks Domestic Terrorism? NOW on PBS Piece aired following Dr. Tiller's death
- "George Tiller speaks about the history of violence against him and his medical practice," Kansas City The Pitch
- "Remembered for Lifelong Dedication to Women's Reproductive Health" Five women (two of them doctors) who worked with Dr. Tiller; Democracy Now!, June 1, 2009 (video, audio, and print transcript)
- Criminal Complaint (Kansas v. Roeder) FindLaw, June 2, 2009
- Letters of condolence sent to the editors of The New York Times