Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Dr. Tiller Needs Your Help

I received this letter from the Feminist Majority Foundation
and thought that it was worth passing on. Dr. George Tiller and his remarkable staff
need your help. They provide a really difficult service for many women and
families in need. I urge you to write his staff and thank them for the work they do
and if you have the money to donate to his help keep his clinic up and running.

This post was cross posted at BlogHer

Dear Birdsword,
Dr. Tiller needs your help! The extremists are trying to shut him down. In what could become a "witch hunt", a grand jury has begun its investigation of Dr. George Tiller for supposed violations of Kansas abortion law.

The grand jury was convened after the extremist group Operation Rescue joined with Kansans for Life to file a citizen petition under an 1887 Kansas law. It took only 6,186 signatures to launch this latest attack in a relentless campaign to close down this vitally needed clinic.

We must do all we can to keep this clinic safe and open. Please donate today - half of your contribution will go directly to Dr. Tiller to defray legal costs and half will go to our clinic defense team working to protect this clinic as well as many other women's health clinics across the nation.

Please also show your support by sending Dr. Tiller and his staff at Women's Health Care Services a letter, letting them know how much you appreciate their continued work to protect women's health and lives in the face of continuing attacks on their clinic.

Despite over 20 years of anti-abortion harassment, intimidation, and violence, his clinic was bombed in 1986 and he was shot five times in 1993, Dr. Tiller remains steadfast in his mission to provide compassionate and quality healthcare to women seeking late term abortions because of illness or very troubled pregnancies. He is there when few other doctors will help.

The Feminist Majority Foundation's National Clinic Access Project, the oldest and largest in the country, has worked with Dr. Tiller for more than 15 years to counter the constant attacks and threats of anti-abortion activists. We must make it clear now that we will not allow a small group of zealots pervert the law to advance their extremist agenda.

1. Donate now to help Dr. Tiller and the Feminist Majority Foundation keep clinics safe, open, and free of harassment and intimidation.

2. Please send Dr. Tiller and his staff a letter of support, reminding them how many feminists stand behind them in their fight for women's lives.

For Women's Lives,

Eleanor Smeal
President
Katherine Spillar
Executive Vice President
Ellie Smeal Ellie Smeal

Remember, January 22nd is the 35th anniversary of Roe v Wade.
Without clinics, there is no choice. Please show your support today!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

you make me sad...sigh..dr. tiller does need help, but not financial..he is making the world a little worse everyday...i don't think he needs any more money only more soul.

Birdsword said...

interesting comment, it took a lot for me not to delete it. I suppose I am learning how to tolerate differences of opinions.

Anonymous said...

What makes me sad is that people make judgement on others without ever really understanding what they are really placing judgemtn on...Dr. Tiller's staff helped me through a very difficult time. I did what I thought was best for my baby who would have lived an extremely unfair life with a lot of pain and suffering. I love my baby, and thank Dr. Tiller and his staff for helping me give my baby a better life - with God in heaven.

Birdsword said...

Anon #2
For reasons I can't go into I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Tiller and his staff a while back. They are a remarkable group of people and I was very impressed with them. While in the waiting room I saw countless thank you notes written from all of the US and world thanking Dr. Tiller and his staff for their compassion and understanding.

I feel they work they do is important work, and they need to be honored not resented.

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