The Winter 2010 issue of Ms. Magazine writes about the death of Susan Hill from breast cancer at only 61.
Hill was not only an abortion provider since 1973, but she lived and fought a mission of women’s health and rights. Instead of backing down or closing clinics when anti-abortion protesters vandalized and bombed her facilities, Hill filed lawsuits and continued to provide abortion services. Another newspaper notes that Hill opened clinics in rural areas where women had no access to abortion services.
In addition to receiving regular threats to her own life, Hill also lived through the murders of doctors and staff at abortion clinics, including David Gunn, a doctor at one of her own clinics. Most recently, Hill’s good friend Dr. George Tiller was murdered by an anti-abortion activist.
Hill was a brave woman. And, although she, sadly, succumbed to breast cancer last month, Hill was courageous til the end.
Liza Fuentes, Senior Research Associate