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Tiller Memorial Protest at Nashville, TN Planned Parenthood This Saturday

June 5, 2009

Some of you may already have read this Nashville Scene post indicating that there will be a memorial for Dr. Tiller at Planned Parenthood in Nashville this weekend. Here’s a bit more detail from PPMET if you’re interested in attending:

Locally, PPMET is hosting a Memorial Protest on Saturday, June 6th at our Nashville health center (412 D.B. Todd Blvd) 9:00a-11:00a to honor the life of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. Dr. Tiller was assassinated at his church in Wichita, Kansas, on Sunday, May 31st.

We want to affirm to our clients, staff, supporters and the public at large that acts of terrorism will not close our doors, but will instead reinforce our commitment to providing access to our abortion and family planning services.

We will have signs, but please feel free to bring your own. You are invited to join us at our Administrative office on Friday, June 5th to make signs with us. Please call Jessica at 615-345-0952 for more information.

Be aware that the organization is also expecting anti-choice protesters because June 6th is their “The Pill Kills” day – a nationwide anti-contraception campaign sponsored by American Life League and STOPP – and the Nashville health center is a target. Jessica at Feministing and Christina at RHRC explained a bit about the campaign last year, and I asked why PP is the only target if these folks truly believe what they’re saying. In any case, PPMET explains that the memorial will go on, regardless:

We feel this is a great opportunity for Planned Parenthood supporters to drown out the opposition and constructively, non-violently focus our outrage over Dr. Tiller’s killer and those like him who purport to be “pro-life”. This is intended to be a show of support for Planned Parenthood, women’s rights, our clients, and a memorial for the memory of the courageous Dr. Tiller, please join us.

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