Last night in New York City’s Union Square, leading abortion-rights advocacy organizations organized a candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider who was gunned down Sunday morning in his Kansas church. More than 200 attended the vigil, including IWHC staff who took the video below of Sue Davis, a longtime advocate for safe abortion services , who highlights the need discussing the need for continued solidarity and strength in this time of uncertainty and sadness.
Vigil speakers included Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards, local city council members and Representative Carolyn Maloney, who said that when medical professionals jeopardize their lives to perform essentail health care services, it has “a chilling effect on Americans’ ability to get the care they need.”
Trained abortion providers and clinic staff who endure threats of violence in order to provide much-needed comprehensive reproductive health services are a vital part of ensuring a just and healthy life for every woman. The International Women’s Health Coalition stands in solidarity with reproductive rights and justice organizations and advocates worldwide in honoring the life of Dr. Tiller.
The National Network of Abortion Funds has set up the George Tiller Medical Abortion Fund to help women in their second trimester with financial assistance.