by Steven Ertelt
June 2, 2005
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — Late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller has been accused of botching another abortion as he rushed a woman to a local hospital Wednesday morning. This is the fourth time women from Tiller’s Kansas abortion business have been taken to a local hospital, and Killer is accused of killing at least two women.
Protesters outside Tiller’s Women’s Health Care Services abortion facility Wednesday morning saw the abortion practitioner hurry to the Wesley Medical Center at approximately 8:30 AM, still wearing surgical scrubs from the morning’s abortions.
Moments earlier, a green suburban exiting the abortion facility carried a woman in the back seat with her head covered with a jacket. The vehicle drove directly to Wesley’s emergency room.
"She was slumped down in the back seat, but I saw her head pop up as soon as the vehicle turned the corner," one of the protesters watching the scene said.
Tiller normally takes patients suffering from abortion complications to Wesley and he left the medical center at about 10:20 AM, without the patient who had been brought there.
On January 13, a woman died after having an abortion at Tiller’s facility. Another woman apparently died as the result of a botched abortion in February and an ambulance visited Tiller’s abortion business in May, though what happened to the patient in that instance is unknown.
Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who has twice vetoed bills to increase health and safety standards at Kansas abortion facilities, asked the Kansas Board of Healing Arts to investigate the January abortion death.
Fearing the legislation she vetoed could have spared the woman’s life, in a memo to the agency, she asked for the BOHA’s "determination of whether H.B. 2176, passed by the 2003 legislature would have in any way mitigated or prevented the patient’s death."
Mary Kay Culp of Kansans for Life contends the bill could have prevented the woman’s death.
"[W]e believe the Abortion Clinic Licensing bill could have mitigated or prevented the recent death of a woman in a Wichita abortion clinic," Culp said.
Culp says Sebelius’ concern about women’s health and safety at Kansas abortion facilities is too late in coming.
"Governor Sebelius’ veto ignored the legislature’s informed recognition of the desperate need for effective regulation of Kansas abortion clinics, and for that she should be held accountable," Culp explained.
Part of Sebelius’ reason for vetoing the bill may have had to do with politics.
Culp’s group points out that Tiller’s Pro Kan Do Political Action Committee and his abortion business donated more than $20,000 to her campaigns between 1994 and 2002. In 2003, Tiller lobbied strongly against passage of the abortion facility regulation bill.
"Kathleen Sebelius is protecting the abortion industry and her donors, not women," Culp concluded.
Last month the Kansas House of Representatives failed by two votes to override the governor’s veto of the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would have required inspections of abortion clinics by the Kansas Department of Health.
It would also require the reporting of serious injuries within ten days and deaths within 24 hours.
Related web sites:
Kansans for Life – https://www.kfl.org