La Quinta Inns Aiding Late-Term Abortions Sparks National Pro-Life Boycott

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 18, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

La Quinta Inns Aiding Late-Term Abortions Sparks National Pro-Life Boycott Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 18, 2005

Washington, DC ( — A pro-life group is calling on a national boycott of La Quinta Inn, a national chain of hotels, because a Wichita location offers discounted rates for women traveling to the Midwestern city to obtain late-term abortions.

Wichita is home to infamous late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller, one of the few abortion practitioners in the country to perform very late-term abortions. As a result, women travel from across the region to obtain abortions at his office.

When they do, the local La Quinta Inn, owned and operated by the national corporate office, offers discounts to stay for the 3-4 day-long abortion procedures.

Members of Operation Rescue West say local pro-life advocates have "long known" that La Quinta Inn participated in housing women obtaining late-term abortions.

However, the group claims Tiller uses the motel to as a "labor annex" to his abortion facility. At La Quinta Inn, Tiller is "maintaining a full-time nursing staff on site to monitor the women who have begun the 3-4 day abortion process, and even dispensing medication."

Tiller’s abortion process involves injecting the unborn child with a deadly drug. Later, women will begin contractions and give birth to the dead baby.

"One has to wonder if the La Quinta has adequate medical malpractice insurance to cover any complications that may arise while women continue their abortion process at the hotel," said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Newman cited a botched abortion that occurred at Tiller’s abortion business last week and similar botched abortions in the past as evidence that Tiller’s arrangement with La Quinta Inn puts women at risk.

"After last week’s botched abortion that landed one of Tiller’s patients in the Emergency Room, there is real concern for the safety of women who must endure part of their abortion in a non-medical, ill-equipped hotel room," Newman.

No staff members who could handle media inquiries were available at either Wichita La Quinta Inn location at press time when contacted by

Cheryl Sullenger, another representative of the pro-life group, says her organization is urging a national boycott of La Quinta Inns.

"This is more than a case of abortion collaboration," Sullenger said. "If it were not for the participation of the La Quinta Inn as a part of his abortion mill, Tiller would not be able to abort babies using his current procedure."

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