Tuesday, June 2, 2009
One of the most difficult aspects of teaching family law is helping students to explore issues such as abortion, marriage, parenting and the like in a manner that advances understanding of the issues while also being prepared to be effective advocates for their cause. The assasination of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller provides a sobering reminder of the dangers of extremist rhetoric as an advocacy tool.
Recent news coverage includes:
the New York Times' article on the debate over the role of rhetoric in the murder;
the Topeka Capital-Journal's coverage of Kansas Governor Parkinson's call to "ratchet down inflammatory dialogue";
an article in the Washington Post on the reaction to Dr. Tiller's death;
National Public Radio's story on the effect of Dr. Tiller's death in galvanizing pro-choice advocates.