Northampton Abortion Rights Vigil Is June 3 at 7 p.m.

On June 3 in Northampton there will be a vigil for Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider who was killed last week. Lisa Unger Baskin is organizing the event. It will be at the First Churches of Northampton on Main Street from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Baskin is asking people to bring candles and signs.

"In this country, a woman's right to make a decision about her own body is in jeopardy," Baskin told the Hampshire Gazette newspaper.

Tiller was the keynote speaker at a 1999 event at Amherst College. He spoke about Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld the right to abortion. Tiller wore a bulletproof vest during his speech. Tiller had been shot in 1993 by an abortion opponent.

“Abortion is legal, constitutionally protected and consistently supported by a majority of Americans; yet by using tactics like long legal battles and extremely restrictive legislation, anti-choice organizations and decision makers have made it harder for women to access needed care,” according to the web site www.plannedparenthood.org

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