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Dr. George Tiller

Dr. George Tiller was an abortion provider in Wichita, KS. He was murdered in his church on May 31, 2009.

For more than two decades, Dr. Tiller and those individuals who helped provide care to his patients have lived under intense harassment and persistent threats of violence. Even under these adverse circumstances, Dr. Tiller never wavered in his commitment to providing abortion services and other reproductive health care to women and their families, often in the most difficult and heart-breaking circumstances.

Dr. Tiller's family has announced that Women's Health Care Services, Inc., where Dr. George Tiller provided abortion care and other reproductive-health care, will be permanently closed. "Our thoughts are with the Tiller family. I can't imagine the pain they are going through at this time," said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America in a statement.

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More information on the murder of Dr. Tiller.

Clinic Violence and Intimidation

A campaign of violence, vandalism, and intimidation is endangering providers and patients and curtailing the availability of abortion services.

  • Since 1993, eight clinic workers - four doctors (including Dr. Tiller), two clinic employees, a clinic escort, and a security guard - have been murdered in the United States.
  • For every murder, there are many more attempts on the lives of abortion providers and clinic staff.
  • In fact, opponents of choice have directed more than 5,800 reported acts of violence against abortion providers since 1977, including bombings, arsons, death threats, kidnappings, and assaults, as well as more than 143,000 reported acts of disruption, including bomb threats and harassing calls.
In response to this coordinated campaign of violence, pro-choice lawmakers passed state and federal laws to protect women and doctors:
  • The 1994 Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act makes violence against patients or providers a federal crime.
  • State clinic protection laws in 16 states and the District of Columbia, as well as general statutes prohibiting violence, provide additional protection.

Read our fact sheet on clinic violence and intimidation (PDF).