For Dr. Tiller

[Content Note: Anti-choice terrorism.]

Today marks seven years since Dr. George Tiller, a reproductive rights advocate and one of the precious few physicians in the country who performed lifesaving late-term abortions, was murdered at his church.

Seven years on we still aren't doing enough to protect abortion doctors and clinic staff. Anti-choice violence, harassment, and vandalism is increasing, thanks to anti-choice fuckery like the CMP's mendaciously edited undercover video series and the Republican Congressional caucus treating it like it made Planned Parenthood deserving of investigation and dozens of Republican governors launching their own state investigations of Planned Parenthood, none of which found any wrongdoing.

I have written countless words on the inherent violence and devaluing of pregnant people of the anti-choice movement. It is an ugly, terrorist campaign. It claimed the life of Dr. Tiller, and it will claim more if we do not start meaningfully addressing these tactics, instead of continuing to indulge this "two sides" false equivalence.

To everyone who works to provide abortions and ensure continued access, I see the work you are doing and its personal cost to you. And I am deeply appreciative to you for recognizing, on this day and always, that abortion is healthcare.

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