Target: Julie Burkhart, founder of South Wind Women’s Center
Goal: Thank Julie Burkhart and her clinic staff for continuing the courageous practice of providing reproductive healthcare against threats of domestic terrorism.
On Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013, the clinic where Dr. George Tiller worked years before finally reopened. Dr. George Tiller, murdered by Scott Roeder in 2009, was one of only a handful of doctors in the United States who performed third-trimester abortions. These rarest of all abortions require two doctor certifications and are almost always performed to save the mother’s life or when the pregnancy is no longer being viable. Pregnant people from across the country would come to Wichita, Kansas to access these specialized services provided by Dr. Tiller, but that ended when Dr. Tiller was murdered in 2009.
Now, in 2013, a woman named Julie Burkhart has reopened the clinic. Burkhart’s clinic, renamed South Wind Women’s Center, is not an exact replica of Dr. Tiller’s practice. The new clinic does not perform the late-term abortions which made Dr. Tiller so famous and notorious, but it does perform abortions up until 14 weeks, and it’s true that, as Burkhart notes, the majority who seek abortion do so within the first 14 weeks. Also, Burkhart specifies that those who seek late-term abortions will be given referrals to other clinics.
Advocating for reproductive healthcare is a bold move in Kansas, considering what befell Burkhart’s predecessor. Even now, threats of domestic terrorism are being marshaled against Burkart and her clinic workers. Still, conscious of the risks, she and the other clinic workers are continuing undaunted with providing reproductive healthcare in Kansas. Sign this petition to thank Julie Burkhart and her staff for their bravery in providing services to women in need in spite of the threats of domestic terrorism being leveled against them.
Dear Julie Burkhart,
I am writing to you concerning the opening of South Wind Women’s Center. I wanted to thank you for all the work you are doing to promote reproductive healthcare in Kansas. I know that, in the wake of Dr. Tiller’s murder, working for reproductive health in Wichita, Kansas, must come with an intense level of intimidation as one travels to one’s workplace. I know that you have already received threats and attempts to shut down your clinic, but I am so glad that you are refusing to yield to them.
There are those of us out there who recognize that the work you do is invaluable. We believe that terrorism cannot suppress people’s right to important and necessary healthcare. Dr. Tiller’s legacy lives on in you and your staff. Now, Wichita, Kansas, will be a safer place for the needs of women. Thank you again for all of your bold efforts. Your work is truly an inspiration to many.
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