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George Tiller

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George Tiller
George Richard Tiller

(1941-08-08)August 8, 1941
DiedMay 31, 2009(2009-05-31) (aged 67)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Cause of deathHomicide
EducationUniversity of Kansas (zoology, 1963)
University of Kansas School of Medicine (1967)
Internship, United States Navy
Known forPro-choice advocacy
RelativesJeanne Elizabeth (Guenther) Tiller, widow
Dean Jackson "Jack" Tiller, MD, father (1916–1970)
Scientific career
FieldsFamily medicine
InstitutionsOwner-operator of Women's Health Care – Wichita, Kansas (1975–2009)

George Richard Tiller, MD (August 8, 1941 – May 31, 2009)[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] Roeder was convicted of murder on January 29, 2010, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

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  1. "George Tiller shot to death at Wichita church". Kansas City Star. May 31, 2009.
  2. Stumpe, Joe. "Jurors Acquit Kansas Doctor in a Late-Term Abortion Case", The New York Times, March 27, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2009.
  3. Tumulty, Karen (May 31, 2009). "George Tiller Murdered". Time. Retrieved June 1, 2009. [...]specialist in late-term [abortion] procedures

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