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Abortion Rights Advocate Reopening Dr. Tiller’s Clinic Is Guest on WMCLive

February 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Julie Burkhart, a former colleague and friend of the doctor murdered in Wichita four years ago, will be a guest Saturday on the CBS radio show, Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan.

Burkhart will discuss her nearly three-year journey to reopen the abortion clinic, why she continues on in spite of death threats, zoning battles and other enormous barriers. In, 2009, Dr. George R. Tiller, the former owner of the clinic, was shot and killed by an anti-abortion advocate. His clinic has been closed ever since.

“I just felt, at the end of the day, if we don’t continue to fight for what is right, and that is the right of women to be free, then I just didn’t feel like it was worth it,” she said.

Other guests on Saturday’s show, which marks the beginning of Women’s History Month, are New York Times columnist Gail Collins on women in journalism, and actor Debra Winger on her efforts to stop the practice of fracking for fuel.

Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan broadcasts on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon ET on 1580 AM, a CBS station in the nation's capital. It is a progressive talk program with fresh, original, lively news, guests and commentary for women and for men of conscience. It is designed to educate, stimulate, entertain and make women and girls more visible and powerful in the media. The show, which reaches a national and international audience, is live-streamed and podcast from Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan will be on iTunes shortly.

Guests have included Gloria Steinem, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jane Fonda, Lisa Ling, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Lily Tomlin, Ursula K. LeGuin, and  Kathy Bates.

Robin Morgan is an award-winning author, feminist leader, political analyst, journalist, former editor of Ms. Magazine and co-founder of The Women’s Media Center.

For more information, contact Cristal Williams Chancellor, media relations manager/senior producer, or 202-587-1636.