So, you know, he was killed today by some anti-choice nut. (Sad, etc.) Actually, in this case, let's call the person who killed Tiller a "pro-life" nut -- it's more ironic than usual.
"Abortion doctor" -- don't we have a better label than this? I've seen this term used in CNN and NYT headlines. It's better than "abortionist," I suppose, but it's still on the disrespectful/demeaning end of things.
We have oncologists and dermatologists and orthopedic surgeons, not cancer doctors and skin doctors and bone-setters. We have to be able to do better than abortion doctors.
Do a Google News search -- no one is calling him an obstetrician, or an OB-GYN. I haven't done my fact-checking (as was pointed out in the comments on one of Ruchira's posts, we're not journalists here), so it's possible there's some reason that term doesn't fit, but in that case wouldn't even "abortion provider" be better?