National Society of Genetic Counselors Releases Statement on Murder of Dr. George Tiller

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The following contains the National Society of Genetic Counselors' official statement on the murder of Dr. George Tiller.

The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) condemns the tragic murder of Dr. George Tiller. There is no justification for this appalling and tragic act. Dr. Tiller compassionately supported women's rights to safe, legal and appropriate medical care. With the closing of Dr. Tiller's clinic, the ability of women to access this care has unfortunately been impacted significantly. While personal opinions may vary on abortion, all groups must denounce this crime and other tactics that terrorize health care providers.

Dr. Tiller supported the work of genetic counselors around the world and was a strong supporter of NSGC. NSGC wishes to express our sincere condolences to his family, friends, coworkers and colleagues in their time of loss.

About the National Society of Genetic Counselors
NSGC is the leading voice, authority and advocate for the genetic counseling profession. The Society represents more than 2,400 health professionals, most of whom provide direct patient care (totaling more than one million visits per year). Members are employed in a wide range of clinical care, academic, research and biotechnology settings, and are located in every state of the U.S. and internationally. The organization is committed to ensuring that the public has access to genetic counseling and genetic testing. For more information, visit


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