I Am Dr. Tiller
In the wake of the murder of Dr. George Tiller over the weekend, a new project called I Am Dr. Tiller has been created to serve both as a memorial to Tiller's life and work and "a living testimony to the courageous lives of abortion providers".
On the website, you will find stories of individuals who have dedicated their lives to making abortion safe, legal, healthy, and accessible to women and girls. These people may be nurses, counselors, escorts, volunteers at abortion funds, or abortion doctors themselves. You will not see the faces of these providers to protect their safety. What you will see is the story they decide to share - how they came to abortion work, what their function is at their abortion clinic, or their personal abortion story. We want to humanize these individuals to convey the kindness, courtesy, justice, love, and respect they have for women and the health care choices women make. We share our stories in hopes of ending clinic violence, to alleviate the shame associated with the abortion experience, and as an homage to Dr. Tiller's outstanding and courageous life work.
...PLEASE encourage all the reproductive health advocates you know to submit their stories! What I need is for them to submit photos with a piece of paper that says, "I Am Dr. Tiller" obscuring their face. They may submit whatever story they want in whatever format they want, as long as it's connected to the abortion work they do. [via feministing]
You can submit your story by going to iamdrtiller.com/submit or emailing your story and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. (All personal info will be kept confidential.) Please submit your stories or pass this along to the reproductive health advocates in your life. Also, check out feministing's list of upcoming vigils for Dr. Tiller across the U.S. and Canada, and please consider donating to an organization like Medical Students for Choice to ensure that Dr. Tiller's work will continue.