June 5, 2014 — This week's videos reflect on the legacy of abortion provider George Tiller, who was murdered on May 31, 2009, as well as the state of abortion care in the U.S. in the years since then.
MSNBC's Craig Melvin reviews restrictions on abortion care nationwide and reflects on the murder of abortion provider George Tiller five years ago in Kansas. Melvin interviews Julie Burkhart, who worked alongside Tiller and later re-opened a women's health center at the site of his clinic. Burkhart is also the founder of Trust Women, an organization that protects the rights of physicians who provide women's reproductive health services. Burkhart explains that she takes great diligence to protect the safety of the clinic's employees and patients, adding that "fortunately, we have not seen anyone else in the abortion care field murdered or harmed in such a way" as Tiller since his death. However, she notes that "there continues to be violence," such as vandalism, harassment and stalking, along with "a slew of legislation proposed at the state level" that aims to "outlaw abortion care" (Melvin, MSNBC, 5/31).
Melissa Harris-Perry discusses Tiller's legacy as one of the only physicians who provided abortion care later in pregnancy and features a special segment on Burkhart's work at the clinic today. Burkhart says she thinks of Tiller often but still gets "butterflies in [her] stomach" thinking about who could show up at the clinic's door. She describes the harassment and threats against her, including a sign posted in the yard of her house that said, "Where's your church?" -- a reference to the fact that Tiller was shot to death at his church (Harris-Perry, "Melissa Harris-Perry," MSNBC, 5/31).
Sara Love, who worked with Tiller for over nine years, shares her memories of the doctor. "MSNBC Originals" also features reflections from physician Cheryl Chastine -- medical director of South Wind Women's Health Center, the new clinic at the site of Tiller's facility -- and Carl Swinney, a security guard at the clinic ("MSNBC Originals," MSNBC, 5/29).