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  Remembering an American hero: George Tiller

We continue to mourn the loss of our friend and colleague, Dr. George Tiller. Dr. Tiller was a dedicated physician who provided quality abortion care to women, at great personal sacrifice and risk. He is truly a hero to his fellow abortion providers and his patients. Dr. Tiller’s office is filled with letters from women, thanking him for the excellent, compassionate care he provided. Many of these women say Dr. Tiller saved their lives.

Since his tragic death, we have received messages from some of his patients and from people around the world who are saddened and outraged. We feel it is important to share these words and tributes to our beloved colleague and friend. For the first time, we will enable comments on our blog so that all of you can share your condolences or offer memories of Dr. Tiller. We invite you to join us in honoring a true American hero, Dr. George Tiller.

Post your comments, condolences, and personal memories of Dr. Tiller

Monday, September 24, 2007

Appeals Court Hears Case About Abortion Rights for Inmates

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit heard arguments today in a class-action lawsuit concerning the right to obtain abortion care for incarcerated women in Missouri .

In the past, the Missouri Department of Corrections would pay to transport inmates to a facility to obtain an abortion if an inmate requested the option, but not pay for the actual procedure. However, in 2005 this policy was reversed and an inmate could only be transported to obtain abortion care if her health or life were endangered. Last year a U.S. District Court Judge ruled this policy against transporting inmates for abortions was unconstitutional.

“Courts throughout the country have consistently held that being in prison does not mean a woman gives up her reproductive rights,” said Diana Kasdan, a staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, who argued the ACLU’s position before the court today. “Like other serious medical needs, prison officials must ensure that a woman can access abortion care.”

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