(CNSNews.com) – NARAL Pro-Choice America, a pro-abortion advocacy group, marked the 5th anniversary of George Tiller’s murder on Friday. The late-term abortionist was shot at his church in Wichita, Kansas, by a man -- later convicted -- who said he did it “to protect children.”
“Today, we honor his bravery and life’s work along with eight other doctors and clinic workers who have died in the line of duty since 1993,” NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said in a news release. “Their legacies inspire and guide in our work to protect and expand the freedom of women and families to make personal decisions about their health care.
According to the Abortion Federation of America, there have been eight murders of abortionists and abortion clinic staff between 1993 and 2009.
Hogue also mentioned a case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning “buffer zones” that shield women seeking abortion from interaction with people who want to encourage them to choose life for their unborn child.
“This month, the Supreme Court will hand down their decision about whether to uphold the protective buffer zones that exist to protect staff and patients from clinic violence and harassment at abortion clinics, and their decision will have immediate effects on the safety of people in Massachusetts, and potentially other state across the country,” Hogue said.
Referring to abortion as “medical care,” Hogue said she salutes Tiller and other abortion providers.
“So we salute, not only Dr. Tiller, but the many women and men who work tirelessly to provide abortion care for those in need despite the intimidating threats that surround them,” Hogue said. “Their work on the dangerous front lines of this movement shows courage and a conviction that should be admired.”
According to the Guttmacher Institute, nearly 53 million abortions took place in the United States from 1973 through 2011.