Hempstead, NY – Planned Parenthood of Nassau County is deeply saddened by the murder of Dr. George Tiller. While he was not a Planned Parenthood provider, he was an integral part of our community and his loss is felt by all of us.
Indeed, three years ago, we helped an 11 year old girl have an abortion with Dr Tiller. This child had been raped by her step-father and threatened with death if she told anyone about his heinous actions. Somehow, when she was 25 weeks pregnant, a teacher discovered the girl's situation and informed social services, which sought our help as the girl had to terminate the pregnancy because her body was not mature enough to bring it to term.
Within two days, we arranged for her to go to Dr. Tiller's clinic. While en route, the mother called me, thanking Planned Parenthood for saving her daughter's life. But, of course, it was Dr. Tiller who saved her life and that of thousands of women over the many years he dedicated his life to providing women and their families with the compassionate care that others were unwilling to offer.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and those close to him who are suffering a personal tragedy.
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) is one of more than 90 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and operates 3 health centers in Nassau County. In 2008, PPNC provided services to more than 14,000 patients during 22,000 visits. We conducted 700 education workshops and street outreach to 27,000 teens and families, and mobilized approximately 6,000 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPNC has served the community for 76 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. For more information about PPNC's services and programs, visit www.ppnc.org.