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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

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Australian Abortion Law Passes First Vote

After debating into the early hours this morning, MPs in the Australian state of Victoria voted 47 to 35 in favor of a bill to decriminalize abortion. There will be further debate and amendments moved tonight and tomorrow, before a final vote by the Lower House to determine whether the bill is passed and sent to the Upper House.

In Australia, laws regarding abortion care are left up to the states. Currently in Victoria, abortion is illegal except to preserve the health or life of the woman. Australian abortion regulations vary greatly between states and territories. Queensland and New South Wales have enacted laws similar to Victoria, while South Australia and the Northern Territory permit abortions in cases of health or life endangerment and fetal abnormalities. The only Australian state or territory to have completely decriminalized abortion is the Australian Capital Territory.

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