Three Years After Murder of Late-Term Abortion Provider George Tiller, Reproductive Rights Face New Attacks
Three years ago today, abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was shot dead while attending church in Wichita, Kansas. Reproductive healthcare providers remain the target of violence amid a wave of new legislation curtailing access to safe abortions. Last week, two clinics in Georgia and a women’s organization in New Orleans were set ablaze. Today, the House of Representatives votes on the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act to ban abortions based on the sex of a fetus. Bills are also in the works to ban abortions 20 weeks after fertilization in Louisiana and Washington, D.C. We speak with Vicki Saporta of the National Abortion Federation and abortion provider Dr. Willie Parker. "It’s in [Dr. Tiller’s] spirit that I seek to maintain that level of commitment to women and their care," Parker says. Addressing the latest wave of attacks against reproductive healthcare, Saporta comments: "There’s an unprecedented number of bills being enacted in the states to limit women’s access to abortion care, and it’s part of an overall agenda that’s very well articulated by those who oppose abortion. If they can’t make abortion illegal again in this country, they intend to make it inaccessible for women."