Great pieces about looking at the bigger picture when discussing Dr. Tiller's death:
Who Killed George Tiller? by Jill Filipovic
The Murder of Dr. Tiller, a Foreshadowing by Cristina Page
Each of these stories remind us that 1) this isn't an isolated incident and 2) there is a lot more fear in the pro-choice movement than is regularly covered by the media.
I wanted to elaborate a bit on this from a more personal standpoint. I've been working in women's rights for several years now -- unpaid work longer than paid work, but basically most of the work I've ever done has been somehow related to women's rights. In college, my main cause was reproductive rights, especially abortion. Because of this, most people expected me to work for NARAL, Planned Parenthood, or some other abortion-related organization, but I never have. Why? Partly just a lack of "right place, right time" and not finding open positions when I'm specifically looking for work. But mostly because I'm afraid. Deathly afraid.
You see, all those years of researching reproductive rights and the abortion debate left me with a very clear picture about the dangers of actively working in the pro-choice movement. This is not to say that the average administrative assistant at some place or another lives in constant fear of her/his life, but the possibility is still there. It's always just there. And I'm already a bit of a paranoid person to start with, so I don't know how I'd be able to handle that.
All of this to say that this is just another layer of how this news has hit me. I don't really know what to do with all of that, but I needed a space to let that out, so there you go.