Dr. Tiller's clinic closed
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted June 22, 2009
The abortion clinic of murdered Wichita, Kan., ob-gyn George R. Tiller, MD, has been closed for good, his family announced in June.
"We are proud of the service and courage shown by our husband and father and know that women's health care needs have been met because of his dedication and service," the family said in a statement. "That is a legacy that will never die. The family will honor Dr. Tiller's memory through private charitable activities."
Dr. Tiller, shot dead May 31 while serving as an usher during Sunday church services, was reportedly one of the few American physicians specializing in late-term abortion care. Dr. Tiller's clinic, Women's Health Care Services PA, was routinely picketed and was bombed in 1986. In August 1993, Dr. Tiller was shot in both arms by an abortion opponent.
Scott P. Roeder, was charged June 2 with first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault in the death of Dr. Tiller. The U.S. Justice Dept. has stepped up security protection offered to controversial abortion clinics and physicians.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2009/06/22/prbf0622.htm.