by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
September 8, 2004
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — The presence of an ambulance outside a local abortion business last week has pro-life advocates concerned that yet another woman has suffered a botched abortion at the facility owned and operated by infamous late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller.
On September 2, members of Operation Rescue West reported an ambulance arriving at Tiller’s Woman’s Health Care Services to pick up an African American woman, "visibly writhing in pain."
The woman was taken to Wesley Medical Center, where Tiller as admitting privileges, but the woman’s condition is unknown.
Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue West, who saw the ambulance take the woman away, told LifeNews.com that women admitted to Tiller’s business get recorded as "Jane Doe," making identification and nearly impossible.
A spokesperson for Woman’s Health Care Services, Tiller’s abortion business, refused to comment or confirm details of the incident.
"Why do you even call," an unidentified WHCS staffer told LifeNews.com "we are not going to tell you anything."
Wesley Medical Center could not comment on the situation as the woman’s name was unknown.
Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life, told LifeNews.com that abortion practitioners don’t want ambulances showing up at their businesses, and will frequently use private vehicles or taxis to transport injured women to the hospital.
"For an ambulance to show up, it must have serious," said Culp.
Operation Rescue West also reported that Leroy Carhart, the abortion practitioner who filed one of the three lawsuits challenging the federal partial-birth abortion ban in Nebraska, was on duty at the time.
Tiller, however, accompanied the woman to the hospital as Carhart does not have admitting privileges at Wesley.
The Women’s Health Care Services is the single largest abortion facility in the United States and one of the few to perform late-term abortions. So far this year, three staff members have resigned their positions, including two site managers.