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Reflections on the Work of Abortion Providers

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

In the wake of Dr. George Tiller‘s murder, a number of women’s health advocates shared their stories with Myhags. Here are some of their reflections on the work of an abortion provider.

The assassination of Dr. George Tiller is both tragic and chilling, a caring physician deeply committed to women’s reproductive freedoms, murdered in his own church. I understand that there is a diversity of opinion on the issue of abortion, but there should be no diversity of opinion regarding murder.

I have … Read

“What’s the Matter With Kansas?” Film Features Protests Against Dr. George Tiller

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Good reading today at Salon’s Broadsheet. First, Lynn Harris writes about the George Tiller Memorial Abortion Fund, which our own Judy Norsigian mentioned yesterday.

“A generous donation from a venerable benefactor also came in via U.S. mail on Monday, the day after the shooting,” writes Harris. “It was $500 — and it was sent, days before he was shot, by Dr. Tiller himself.”

The doctor’s own gift — remarkably spooky, remarkably generous — “makes clear that the Memorial Abortion Fund is … Read

My Joins ACLU Lawsuit Challenging Breast and Ovarian Cancer Gene Patents

By Rachel Walden |

We’ve written previously about the ACLU’s concern about gene patents, especially regarding the possibility that “high licensing and diagnostic testing fees that some biotech companies charge for use of ‘their’ genes are inhibiting biomedical research and interfering with patient care.”

On May 12, the ACLU and the Public Patent Foundation filed a lawsuit against the U.S Patent and Trademark Office, Myriad Genetics and the University of Utah Research Foundation, “charging that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer are unconstitutional … Read

Same-Sex Marriage: New Hampshire Makes Six …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Six states where same-sex couples can legally marry, that is.

Gov. John Lynch is expected to sign the legislation this evening. Assuming he does so, the law will take effect Jan. 1, 2010.

Lynch had threatened to veto any bill that did not include specific language stating churches and religious groups could not be forced to officiate at gay marriages. (Protections are in place already, but some folks like to see it spelled out.)

The Senate passed the measure this morning by a vote of 14-10. The … Read

Support & Honor Women’s Health Care Providers and the George Tiller Memorial Fund

By Judy Norsigian |

Dr. George Tiller’s murder offers us all an opportunity to reflect upon and honor the work of so many women’s health care professionals who continue to offer abortion services despite ongoing threats to themselves and their families.

That such a kind and dedicated human being could be attacked and killed like this sends all of us reeling once again. How is it that those who purport to care about life can spew forth the kind of hateful rhetoric that foments destructive passions … Read

Scenes from Boston Vigil for George Tiller

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Read than 500 people gathered in downtown Boston Monday evening to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Dr. George Tiller. My’s own Wendy Brovold helped in the planning and put together this video. Speakers included Stephanie Poggi, executive director of the National Network of Abortion Funds.

The vigil was covered on New England Cable News.

Writings About George Tiller and Where We Go From Here

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

There’s so much important policy analysis and moving stories about Dr. George Tiller that we wanted to try to bring you a snapshot of it all here. We’ll continue to add to this post — please also leave suggestions for additional reading, or your own thoughts, in the comments.

In our previous post on Tiller’s murder, we included Tiller’s own story about becoming an abortion provider. He learned his father had provided medically safe abortions for women who had no place else to turn … Read

Women’s Health Toolkit Helps You Evaluate Online Health Information

By Rachel Walden |

Women’s Health Matters (Canada) has created a guide to finding and evaluating health information online, “Women Wading Through the Web: A Health Toolkit,” intended “to assist the many women who have asked us for help in navigating this often confusing maze of health information on the Web.”

The online document provides a good basic introduction to searching for information, judging website and information quality, interpreting medical research, and understanding media and web-based reports on health topics.

In addition to the guidance provided, the document includes links to … Read

Abortion Provider George Tiller, 67, Murdered at Church

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

George Tiller, an abortion provider in Wichita, Kan., was shot and killed this morning at his church. Police have a suspect in custody — a 51-year-old male — according to the Kansas City Star.

Tiller, 67, was shot just after 10 a.m. in the lobby of Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, where he was a member of the congregation.

Tiller was serving as an usher at the church, one of six ushers listed in the church bulletin. He was handing out bulletins to people going into the … Read

Political Diagnosis: Conservative Groups Fight Health Care Reform; Bills May Split Over Public Option; High Cost of Care in Texas and Read …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Looking for Supreme Court news? See our separate post on discussions surrounding Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination and an interview with Georgetown University Law Professor Emma Coleman Jordan.

Conservative Groups Protest Health Care Reform; Progressives Fire Back: A 30-minute documentary-style advertisement titled “End of Patient’s Rights — The Human Consequences of Government-Run Health Care” is scheduled to run on Washington’s NBC affiliate on Sunday morning, following “Meet the Press.”

The SEIU and other progressive groups are urging NBC not to air … Read