In the United States on SundayÂ George Tiller,Â a doctor, was shot and killed as he attended church. Tiller, who ran one of only three remaining clinics providing late term abortions in the US, had been shot in 1993, his name has been on anti-abortion assassination lists and his clinic was bombed in 1985.
In New Zealand we have never had an abortion doctor killed, but we have had doctors, nurses and clinic staff threatened, attacked and harassed. I pray that no further anti-abortion violence comes to New Zealand, and at the same time I pray that we will progress the issue to give women the right to control their own bodies and that we will find a social consensus for a woman’s right to choose.
But right now the cost seems very high, and all I can do is pray for the safety of everyone ensuring women continue to have access to the limited choices they are given. George Tiller was a great man whose personal actions gave more to women than I could ever hope to.
I try to not end too many posts with lyrics, but today I can’t help posting a section of Ani DiFranco’s Hello Birmingham. With an echo of Pablo’s recent posts, she is talking, at least in part, of the powerlessness of electors to make the changes that matter.
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|now i’ve drawn closed the curtainÂ
in this little booth where the truth has no placeÂ
and i am feeling oh so powerlessÂ
in this stupid booth with this uselessÂ
little lever in my handÂ
and outside, my city is bracingÂ
for the next killing thingÂ
standing by the bridge and prayingÂ
for the next doctorÂ
kingÂ Â Â
it was just one shotÂ
and the blood poured off the pulpitÂ