Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

George Tiller. MD studied at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He held a medical internship with the United States Navy, and served as a flight surgeon. He planned to start a dermatology residency and become a dermatologist when his parents, sister and brother-in-law were killed in an aircraft accident. Tiller traveled to Wichita to assumed care of his sister's one year old son and to close his father's family practice. Upon arriving, he felt pressure to take over his father's work. Tiller's father had performed abortions at his family practice and after hearing the tragic stories of how women died from illegal abortions, he decided to sacrifice his own goals and serve the community by staying in Wichita to provide and advocate for women's health care. For that, he was demonized by the anti abortion (pro-life) extremists. His opponents protested daily outside his offices, his clinic was bombed, and he was shot in both arms with an automatic weapon. How much easier life would have been had he been a dermatologist and not had to live with the constant threat. At her trial for the 1993 shooting, Shelly Shannon testified that there was nothing immoral about trying to kill Tiller, such was the climate that George Tiller worked, day in and day out. What a brave and self sacrificing man.

On May 31, 2009, George Tiller was shot to death during worship services at Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita where he was serving as an usher.

Rest in Peace.

  1. Richard Newton
    June 2, 2009 -

    Thanks for sending that to me Larry- As global strife grows, my tolerance for religious fanatics diminishes. Like John Lennon wrote..."Imagine no religion"

  2. Pat D
    June 2, 2009 -

    I agree with both of the responses. Ignorance and arrogance takes another stab at civilized folks.

  3. June 2, 2009 -

    Such a sad story. It boggles my mind. You captured him so well, Larry. My heart goes out to his family. How anyone can think that killing this man was justified is aborrhent to me.