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George Tiller, M.D., R.I.P.

It has become American policy to use torture, bombing, and killing to
achieve our ends. George Tiller believed that women must be able to
exercise their legal and constitutional right to abortion in problem
pregnancies. For honoring the law of the land, he and his family and
medical staff were for years tortured, even bombed, and now he is now
killed. He is not the first doctor to so die and unless we get serious
about this form of terrorism, he will not be the last. Religious and
political leaders who fan the flames of anti-choice, anti-woman
fanaticism are not without guilt.

Daniel C. Maguire
2823 N. Summit Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53211
414 961 0139
fax 414 961 2150

The idea of a man shooting a man in Church in the name of God reminds us of the terrible power of religion and the horrible stakes of supporting a right to choose to end a pregnancy. Now there are nearly no doctors who can provide late trimester abortions for women carrying fetuses with severe and fatal conditions.

Laurie Zoloth, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Bioethics, Science and Society

Published Letter to the Editor
New York Times
June 3, 2009

To the Editor:

The killing of Dr. George R. Tiller is not dissonant to the broader American culture. It was a very American murder, very reflective of national policy where torture is seen as a strategic necessity and the bullet as the final arbiter.

Because he was faithful to the law that gives women the right to choose abortion for problem pregnancies, he, his family and his medical staff were for years tortured, even bombed, and then he was murdered. We have more to mourn than the death of this brave man.

Daniel C. Maguire
Milwaukee, June 1, 2009

The writer is a professor of moral theology at Marquette University.

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