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When heros are murdered.

Permanent Linkby smallpoxgirl on Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:10 pm

Crazy Horse. Martin Luther King. Malcolm X. Harvey Milk. George Tiller. Our heros reflect the best in us. Our strength. Our passion. Our ability to see the heart of the issue and speak to that heart. Our willingness to risk everything to fight for what is right. When those heros are murdered, it's as though that which is best in us dies with them.

George Tiller was to abortion providers, what Harvey Milk was to the gay community or Malcolm X to the black community. He, more than anyone I ever met was able to articulate the heart and the compassion of our work. George was a devout Christian. In every way he embodied the Christian principal "Greater love hath no man than that he lay down his life for another." George lived for decades with the knowledge that his life could be ended by bigots any time. His clinic was bombed and was repeatedly vandalized. He was shot and threats against his life became a daily routine. Despite all that, I never once heard George Tiller speak a harsh word against anyone. Somehow in the midst of the maelstrom of hate and violence that constantly dogged him, George managed to find amazing peace and tranquility. He spoke often about how he managed to adjust his conception of normality, such that the armies of screaming zealots outside his doors became a normal part of his routine, a price gladly paid for the honor of serving his patients. He often told of a note he wrote to himself after the first time his clinic was bombed, and which he kept on his desk until his death. It said simply "1. Don't take yourself too seriously. 2. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." George clearly knew that he might be the target of violence at any time, but he believed passionately in the reproductive rights of women and was willing to sacrifice his life for them if need be.

My sincerest hope is that we don't let George's courage and his compassion die with him. George showed us the love and the power that we are each capable of. Having seen that, it's now up to us to carry it on. It's up to us to keep George's light shining through us.

We love you George, and we miss you!

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Re: When heros are murdered.

Permanent Linkby General Doom on Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:53 pm

Did you know him in person, smallpoxgirl? I'm sorry for your loss. It sounds like he had a very interesting life. I'm not sure what else to say right now. RIP.
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Re: When heros are murdered.

Permanent Linkby smallpoxgirl on Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:32 pm

I didn't know him super well. I talked with him at meetings several times and he helped me out over the phone a couple of times when I was having problems with patients. I tried setting up a rotation with him as a resident, but I wasn't ever able to get the schedules to mesh.

I think most of the abortion providers in the US considered him our hero because he put up with so much yet maintained such a beautiful loving demeanor and fought so tirelessly for his patients. When I think of physician role models, he certainly tops my list.
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