In a resolution that passed 423 to 0, the House of Representatives condemned the murder of my friend Dr. George Tiller. Now it is the Senate’s turn.
Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Amy Klobuchar, and Barbara Boxer have introduced a Senate version of the House’s resolution. They need our help to convince their colleagues to sign on.
But these resolutions are just the beginning. Congress has much more to do.
George’s murder is an extreme example of what happens when the health care system marginalizes reproductive health care.
Sex. Abortion. Parenthood. Power.
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Women depend on the services of George’s colleagues across the country. Every patient must have safe access to the medical care she needs.
Instead of leaving women’s health on the fringes, Congress must fully incorporate reproductive medicine into health care reform. Our elected officials must protect and support all providers and patients.
Reproductive health care is primary care vital to every woman’s life. Dr. Tiller lived and died by that fact. To keep our nation healthy, Congress must secure reproductive health care for everyone.
Thank you for taking action during this difficult time.
Dr. Suzanne Poppema is the board chair of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health.