To the Editor:
Re “Grass-Roots Grand Juries Become the Latest Abortion Battlefield” (front page, June 17):
Citizen-convened grand jury investigations are only the latest attacks on Dr. George Tiller and on women’s ability to have safe, legal abortions. In his three decades of providing abortion care, antichoice protesters have shot Dr. Tiller, bombed his clinic and harassed him at home.
Nevertheless, he and his staff continue to safeguard women’s health, performing abortions — safely and with great compassion — that few doctors in the country have the training to handle.
As a retired abortion provider and a friend of Dr. Tiller, I know why he presses on: women desperately need his services. Physicians like Dr. Tiller are heroes to every woman they treat. He should be honored for his dedication, not persecuted.
If Dr. Tiller can’t get the credit he deserves, I’d settle for everyone just leaving him alone. Suzanne T. Poppema
Edmonds, Wash., June 17, 2008
The writer is board chairwoman of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health.