Kansas Senator Wants to Limit Late-Term Abortions After Woman Dies

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 2, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 2, 2005

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Following the death of a woman at a late-term abortion facility in Wichita, a Kansas state Senator has proposed legislation that would restrict performing late-term abortions to hospitals and surgical centers.

State Senator Phil Journey’s bill would mandate that abortions performed at 15 weeks into pregnancy not be done at an abortion business, like that of Wichita late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller, because of safety concerns.

Traci Gleason, a Planned Parenthood in Overland Park representative told KWCH-TV that her group opposes such legislation. She said doctors groups and the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which regulates medicine in the state, should make such decisions.

Last month, a woman rushed to the hospital after a botched abortion at Tiller’s late-term abortion facility died.

According to a local pro-life group, the woman arrived at the hospital with "severe hemorrhaging" and died "a few days later" from undetermined causes the source said "are very likely to be the result of a botched abortion."

According to 911 transcripts the group obtained, Tiller employee Marguerite Reed called for an ambulance after the abortion was botched.

The record indicates Reed was "very evasive" and "refused to give any information about the patient."

Later, Reed told 911 operators the woman suffered from "pain above the belly button." Reed said the woman was awake and alert and did not suffer from chest pain.

Tiller also botched another woman’s abortion in September.

On September 2, pro-life advocates saw 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 was unknown.