Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Reactions to Murder of Doctor Tiller

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.

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