Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Wake-Up Call: The doctor is still in

Dr. Warren Hern just keeps making headlines -- whether he wants them or not. For decades, he's practiced behind bulletproof glass at his Boulder clinic, occasionally attracting the attention of publications ranging from Westword (you can read one of our profiles here) to the current edition of Esquire, whose "The Last Abortion Doctor" describes how, after the murder of Dr. George Tiller in May, Hern became the last physician in the country to perform late-term abortions.

That dedication has gotten Hern headlines, and also his own threats. As the Denver Post reports today, a seventy-year-old Spokane real estate broker has just been indicted on suspicion of making threats against Hern in June, only three weeks after Tiller was slain inside his Wichita church.

Those are headlines Hern could live without.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun