Skip to comments.Kansas Late-Term Abortion Facility Closed While George Tiller Arraigned
Posted on 08/02/2007 4:26:24 PM PDT by wagglebee
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) -- The controversial late-term abortion facility in Wichita is closed this weekend next while abortion practitioner George Tiller is arraigned on charges he did illegal abortions. Tiller has been charged by the state's attorney general with violating a law requiring the signature of a doctor vouching that the abortion is medically necessary.
Tiller is scheduled to be arraigned next Tuesday on 19 criminal counts of doing abortions in violation of the law and he could face 19 years in jail if convicted and sentenced to the maximum prison time.
As a result of the legal proceedings, Tiller is temporarily closing his Women's Health Care Services abortion business and referring women to abortion centers in Kansas City and Oklahoma.
Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, based in Wichita, applauded the closing in a statement sent to LifeNews.com.
"We are rejoicing that for two straight weeks, Wichita, Kansas, the nation's abortion capital, will be abortion free for the first time since abortions began here," he said. "We pray that abortions will never resume."
He explained it is unclear when and if abortions will resume.
Tiller's clinic was also closed for abortions the first week in July and last month more than 500 pro-life people stood outside in a prayer rally hoping it would close again.
As the first response to the new charges, attorneys for Tiller have filed a lawsuit claiming the Kansas law is unconstitutional. Tiller's attorneys argue that the provision of the law that requires two or more doctors to sign off on late-term abortions is invalid.
In their July 5 motion, they also sought to dismiss the 19 misdemeanor charges Attorney General Dan Morrison filed that would have Tiller in jail as long as 19 years if convicted. He could also be fined $2500 per violation and lose his medical license.
Morrison filed charges alleging that before performing 19 late-term abortions in 2003, Tiller received a second opinion from abortion practitioner Ann Kristin Neuhaus, who Morrison said had financial ties with Tiller.
A 1998 Kansas law says that before an abortion of a baby 21 weeks or older, two physicians must determine if continuation of a pregnancy will lead to death or "substantial and irreversible" harm to a "major bodily function."
The consulting doctor can have no financial or legal ties to the abortion practitioner.
Newman said the closing is the latest in a string of good news.
"Because of public pressure brought by Operation Rescue, over a dozen clinic workers have quit their jobs with Tiller and dozens of companies will no long do business with him," said Newman.
Shut down his murder factory and send him and his staff to prison for the rest of their lives.
Fantastic News! Hoooraaayyy!!!! Go God!!!
I couldn’t agree more.
Thank the Lord!
I hope he spends every dime he has on lawyers - and then gets convicted.
Truly Great News and hopefully The Killer will be sent to Prison for the MAX TIME! Truly a Most Evil Serial Murderer.
Wow, LIFE in the womb ought to be a little safer for the Little People these days in Wichita. Wow!
Don’t get your hopes up. Paul Morrison is Kansas AG largely because of support from the abortion mills and Tiller was his biggest contributor if you include the funds he laundered through various front groups. He bought ads and mailers attacking Phill Kline as well, again through his thinly disguised fronts. Morrison will show his gratitude for the support by getting Tiller a slap on the wrist at most. Tiller will be free to go on operating his butcher shop.
Tiller the Killer is down, but certainly not out.
But the highest praises for the pro-life folks for their endless years of prayer and protest!
I know many of you have him in your cross-hairs, but Bill O’Reilly gets credit for this one.
We’ve been fighting for years to get this abortion mill shut down. New laws requiring him to report underage abortions hasn’t even worked. Special place in hell reserved for Tiller.
Does anyone here know the answer to a few questions. Legal ones? Is it against the law to take pictures of people in the parking lot of PP? How about if the security guard is taking my picture while I am out there? They already have me on the security cameras, what was the point of his taking out his cellphone and taking a picture with it? How does one get an investigation going? What should really be done if questioning the possibility of late term abortions at a clinic?
Can’t there be something done about the conflict of interest issue?!! Surely there should be a way to point that out in court that the AG has a conflict of interest. May God’s justice prevail!
Let’s all pray a Hail Mary that this clinic gets shut down permanently.
And give Bill O’Reilly credit for first bring Tiller to the attendtion of the mass media.
**May Gods justice prevail!**
Amen. Pray for the conversion of the Attorney General.
Pray for the conversion of America!
O’Reilly should get credit for getting Jessica’s law past in a few states also and a few judges reprimanded or let go and this case. But, there are a lot of O’Reilly haters here that want to throw the baby out with the bath water because he made a swipe at FR. I say be pissed at that but give credit where it is due.
Oh, happy day! The wheels of justice turn slowly but they eventually turn.