Tiller family's statement
Lee Thompson and Dan Monnat, attorneys for the family of Dr. George Tiller, issued the following statement:
"The family of Dr. George Tiller announces that effective immediately, Women's Health Care Services, Inc., will be permanently closed. Notice is being given today to all concerned that the Tiller family is ceasing operation of the clinic and any involvement by family members in any other similar clinic.
We are proud of the service and courage shown by our husband and father and know that women's health care needs have been met because of his dedication and service. That is a legacy that will never die. The family will honor Dr. Tiller's memory through private charitable activities. The Tiller family wishes to assure Dr. Tiller's past patients that the privacy of their medical histories and patient records will remain as fiercely protected now and in the future as they were during Dr. Tiller's lifetime."
There will be no more statements or comments on behalf of the family on this matter.
Daniel E. Monnat
Attorney at Law
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri
Peter B. Brownlie
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri is committed to ensuring safe access to womens health services throughout our service area. Women have relied on Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri for their health care services for more than 70 years. We take that relationship very seriously.
We fully respect and understand the Tiller familys decision to cease operation of Dr. Tillers practice. Their loss is immense they have lost a husband, father, grandfather and hero.
Planned Parenthoods health center in Wichita remains open and will continue to provide health care for women. Abortions are not performed at the Wichita health center. The closure of Womens Health Care Services thus creates a significant gap in access for women and families in Kansas no one is providing that service between Kansas City and Denver.
Planned Parenthood will not speak publicly on plans, if any, to provide comprehensive womens health care in Wichita.
Center for Reproductive Rights
New York Today, the family of slain doctor George Tiller announced that they will not reopen his Kansas abortion clinic, Womens Health Care Services, Inc. Dr. Tiller was murdered on Sunday, May 31, in his church in Wichita. Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, issued this statement in response:
It is unacceptable that anti-abortion intimidation and violence has lead to the closing of Dr. Tillers clinic. It illustrates the ongoing harassment endured by abortion providers and the resulting disservice to women across this country. Not only have we lost a fearless defender of womens fundamental health and rights in Dr. Tillers murder, but the closing of his clinic leaves an immediate and immense void in the availability of abortion. Persistent harassment including violence, threats, and intimidation, and legal restrictions on abortion, deter new doctors from entering the field and force skilled physicians out.
The Center for Reproductive Rights hopes that other doctors will be brave enough to come forward and continue Dr. Tillers critical work of providing services to women. We also call on supporters of abortion rightsincluding our elected officialsacross the country to stand up and defend reproductive healthcare providers in their communities.