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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, March 04, 2009

Wednesday's Words from Women

Over one-third of women of reproductive age have an abortion by the age of 45. However, women who have chosen abortion are often absent from the public debate. In order to break the silence surrounding abortion, we will be featuring real stories from real women each Wednesday on our blog. If you would like to share your story with us or have it published on our blog, go to http://www.prochoice.org/pregnant/hotline/share.html.

My baby was diagnosed with a fatal genetic disorder, osteogenesis imperfecta (type 2). My husband and I were told that if the baby survived birth, it would only live a few hours and would most likely die of respiratory failure. We decided that the most compassionate thing to do was to terminate the pregnancy.

I have always been pro-choice, but I never thought it would be a decision that I would personally make. I am 33 years old and married and we have two other healthy children. We planned this pregnancy and wanted this baby, but the thought of continuing a pregnancy for the child to know only pain is the worst thing I can think of. We are so thankful that we had the option to end the suffering, and that we did not have to travel to another state or just wait for the inevitable.

--submitted by Laura* through a member clinic

> Learn more about abortion and planned pregnancies.


When we found out my granddaughter was pregnant there wasn’t much time. She had to decide what she wanted to do. She’s 21 years old and on medication for depression. Her heart was broken. She said she wasn’t ready for a baby because she hadn’t found her place in life yet. It was very hard for her to make this choice but she feels it is the right one for her right now.

--submitted by Denise* through a member clinic

*Names have been changed to protect patient privacy

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