Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dr. George Tiller's Clinic Closes: The Blame Game

The Feministe post opened with "This article in the Times is pretty interesting — now that Dr. Tiller has been killed, anti-choicers no longer have a center on which to focus their hate...."

The New York Times article (more of an op-ed, but let that pass) didn't quote the words of Dr. George Tiller's family, as relayed by the family's attorneys, Lee Thompson and Dan Monnat:
"...'effective immediately, Women's Health Care Services, Inc., will be permanently closed.

" '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 statement read. 'That is a legacy that will never die.'

"The family said it plans to honor Tiller's memory through work at private charities...." (FOXNews
It's quite probable that some "women's health care needs" were met by Dr. Tiller's clinic, besides removing those "parasites," or "formless blobs of protoplasm" that look like people. I think it's also probable, given the family's attitude toward Dr.Tiller's "service and courage," that they'll be helping to pay for abortions.

Dr. George Tiller's Clinic, 'Those People,' and the Law

My guess is that "anti-choicers" will be blamed for the closing of Dr. Tiller's clinic, as the story circulates in the 'better' circles of American society. It's 'obvious,' to some people, that those who they see as 'hate-filled, murderous, gun-toting far-right-wing-extremist, anti-choicers' collectively murdered a benevolent doctor and forced his nice clinic to shut its doors.

It's possible, though, that Women's Health Care Services decided to close down for more practical reasons. Even abortionists have to follow a few rules, and Dr. Tiller may not have been following them. He'd side-stepped one conviction, but was still in legal trouble, at the time of his murder. (June 2, 2009) Scott Roeder may have come along at a very opportune time for other people at the clinic.

I am Quite Sure that Dr. George Tiller's Work Will Continue

As an 'anti-choicer,' I'm not trying to 'focus my hate' on the charities which will carry on Dr. George Tiller's work of killing babies who are inconvenient, or unwanted for some reason. I hope that nobody who reads this post starts hating Dr. Tiller's family, either. Or, those lawyers.

I do think it's a good idea, though, to remember that Dr. Tiller's work will continue, as long as America's laws and institutions support the idea that people need to have survived to a prescribed age before they're recognized as persons. Laws which recognize as homicide, the collateral death of a pre-born baby when the mother is killed, are a step in the right direction. But there's a long way to go before all Americans have the right to life - never mind liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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