A woman-educated physician

Physicians for Reproductive Choice has released two “never-before-seen” tapes from a candid interview given by Dr. George Tiller for their documentary, “Voices of Choice“.   Dr. Tiller discusses why he chose to be an abortion provider, and why he stuck with it through years of ongoing harassment, threats and assassination attempts, the last of which took his life.

The experiences of Dr.Tiller’s father, a physician who secretly provided illegal abortions in the desperate days before Roe v. Wade got the government out of American wombs, had a profound effect on him.   As he remarks in the first video,

The women in my father’s practice for whom he did abortions educated me and taught me that abortion is not about babies, it’s not about families. Abortion is about women’s hopes, dreams, potential, the rest of their lives. Abortion is a matter of survival for women.

A woman-educated physician, indeed.

(from salon)

2 Responses to “A woman-educated physician”


  1. 1 harpervalley Friday, January 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    ergh….too long to watch on a borrowed computer!!!!

    an interesting tidbit – many indigneous societies gave sterilizing herbs to the young woman they didn’t think would make good mothers. hmm….

    btw, how ya doin’ , you old hippie you?

  2. 2 JJ Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Hey scout! How ya doing?

    Indigenous people had all kinds of ways of using herbs to manipulate fertility, traditional knowledge from eons of observation and working with nature. I read just recently that there’s a new Inuit ecological research center going up that will combine aspects of trad. knowledge with modern science in ecology research — fascinating stuff.

    How have you been? I was just at your blog the other day. Sounds like you’re having wild times… 😯 I hope all is well.


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