AAFP Statement: Justice Served in Tiller Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Monday, February 08, 2010

Attributable to:
Lori Heim, MD
President
American Academy of Family Physicians

Ted Epperly, MD
Board Chair
American Academy of Family Physicians

The American Academy of Family Physicians believes justice was appropriately served in the recent first-degree murder conviction of Scott Roeder for the horrific killing of family physician George Tiller, M.D. American society should not tolerate one human taking the life of another for practicing a legal profession. Our deepest sympathies remain with the Tiller family as they continue to cope with this senseless tragedy.

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.

To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions(5 page PDF) on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit
www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).