Skip to comments.Tiller clinic plans to reopen next week
Posted on 06/02/2009 7:35:23 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220
Women's Health Care Services, the clinic run by slain abortion provider George Tiller, will resume operations next Monday, a physician who worked with Tiller said Monday.
The clinic at 5107 E. Kellogg will remain closed the rest of this week so staff members and family can mourn Tiller's death, said LeRoy Carhart, a Nebraska physician who has come to Tiller's clinic on a rotating basis for more than 10 years.
"What people need to know is... the women's services that we provided for 30 years are not going to change," Carhart said. "The same abortion services will remain available in Wichita."
Tiller, 67, was shot to death just after 10 a.m. Sunday in the foyer of Reformation Lutheran Church, where he was serving as an usher.
Scott Roeder, 51, of Merriam, has been arrested in connection with the shooting, according to the Johnson County Sheriff's Office. He remains at the Sedgwick County Jail pending the formal filing of charges.
Carhart said he drove to Wichita on Sunday night. He met with clinic employees and Tiller's wife and daughters Monday morning.
"It was a really, really good meeting," Carhart said. "It was a chance to go over all the important things and the good things George had done for each of us, and ways that we could appreciate all that he's done for the community and the women of this country.
"His daughters and his wife are doing far better than I would be doing if I just lost my life partner or my mother or father," he said.
Patients who had appointments this week have been notified of the clinic's closing, and other arrangements for their care have been made, Carhart said.
"Starting next Monday we should be back to 100 percent," he said.
Carhart said he and two other out-of-state doctors have been rotating weekly shifts at the clinic, and that will continue.
The two other doctors are licensed to practice medicine in the state of Kansas and have no complaints against them, said Kristi Pankratz, a spokeswoman for the state Board of Healing Arts.
Wichita police have stepped up patrols at the clinic on East Kellogg, said Daryl Ingermanson, chief deputy for the U.S. Marshal's Kansas district. But no U.S. marshals have been assigned to guard Tiller's clinic, he said.
"At this point, we haven't been directed to," Ingermanson said.
Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday ordered increased security for some abortion clinics and doctors in the wake of Tiller's slaying.
Jeff Carter, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, confirmed the decision "to increase security for a number of individuals and facilities" but would not disclose further details.
Tiller's clinic has been bombed, blockaded and vandalized at various times over the past two decades.
A staff member reported severe vandalism to the clinic to authorities May 2, and a letter threatening Tiller's life was reported May 4.
Authorities on Monday did not respond to inquiries about whether the suspect in custody is linked to the threatening letter.
Bridget Patton, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Kansas City, Mo., said she could neither confirm nor deny that the suspect arrested in connection with Tiller's death had been on any kind of an agency watch list.
"We do have an open investigation into the vandalism at that clinic," Patton said.
That’s the spirit.
Including the illegal late-term abortion ones? Does this guy have enough money to pay Sebelius to keep him out of jail too?
I wonder whether he's ordered the same for military recruitment offices around the country after the soldier's death.
Of course, there’s money to be had, err I mean women to be served.
yeah, the "spirit of falsehood", ie, Satan.
Can’t let that revenue stream interrupted for too long.
So Serial baby killing is now being described as "good things"? What a sick f**k!
Interesting choice of words, they're not calling it murder now? Hits too close to home about what he's been doing to those poor babies all these years?
It’s just an honest business and you folks want to encumber it with regulations. /sarc
Bet you that is going to be a circus.
Meandog, you’re the man. These people are beyond deluded.
People are murdered, demons are slayed...
Ha, maybe that'll resonate with the World of Warcraft crowd.
That is an interesting choice of word. Slaying is properly used in this context, but why not call it what it is? Murder. This would be the journalist’s word. Hmmmm...
I despise anyone connected with the abortion industry; even peripherally. But I also despise anyone who takes another’s life wantonly for anything other than self preservation or in defense of one’s country. Both are wrong in the eyes of God.
While Tiller’s death was murder and the perpetrator will have to pay in this world and the next, I cannot help but to think about what Tiller had to say when he met his ultimate judgment and had to account for his 30 years of “services to women”.
If someone wants to kill an abortion doctor, the last place they’ll do it is where there’s a bunch of security, so if we really want to keep them safe, why doesn’t the clinic just pay for 24-hour bodyguard protection, AG Holder, and stop asking the taxpayer to protect them where they aren’t vulnerable? I mean it doesn’t take a CIA agent to follow someone around and see what their patterns of movement are (even the dumbest criminals know this), so it was obvious to this killer where Tiller was vulnerable. He needed 24/7 protection, not clinic protection.
Killing babies is dangerous business. It has been for a long time. If you want to kill babies, you just need to deal with the risks just like other people in dangerous jobs. Maybe they all need to carry and take better precautions. If it were me, and I was a high profile killer like Tiller, I think I would have shelled out for a personal bodyguard.
Amen. As will those who continue on in his absence.
Tiller’s murder really stopped nothing. But it did give the far left a sounding board against conservatism and moral people. Even if Tiller’s murderer was just a crank, a far right loon who does not represent most moral, law-abiding and conservative people, the far left will use this to paint all conservatives as wacko nutjobs. Maybe Obummer himself will preside over the next late term abortion. That would not surprise me in the least.
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