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 American Academy of Family Physicians represents 131,400 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty.

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