Women With Bad Abortion Experiences Support Abortion-Death Probe

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 18, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 18, 2006

Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — Two women who had nightmarish abortion experiences at the late-term abortion facility of George Tiller have come forward to support a grassroots petition drive for a grand jury hearing in the abortion death of a mentally disabled teenager.

Christin Gilbert died from third-trimester abortion complications last January at Tiller’s Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas.

The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts conducted an investigation into the death but determined that Tiller followed state law in performing the abortion and was not responsible for Gilbert’s death.

Gilbert’s family has launched a grassroots petition drive to force the local county government to call a grand jury to investigate further.

The two women, who are unnamed to protect their privacy, told their stories about horrific abortion experiences to Operation Rescue, a pro-life group in Wichita which has been closely monitoring the Gilbert case.

“Janice” describes herself as “pro-choice” but believes women are not told the truth about abortion.

"After some deep soul searching and many sleepless nights up thinking about the care I received there, I agree it’s not right," she explained.

Janice, who lives in Canada, learned from her doctor that she had developed problems late in her pregnancy. Just one month before her baby was due she learned her unborn child had Complete Trisomy 22.

Janice said she let friends talk her into traveling to Kansas for the late-term abortion. Tiller charged her $19,000 for the abortion, which she said was paid for her government health insurance plan.

After describing her horrific abortion experience, Janice concludes, "I now see that the medical care I received there was the worst kind of medical care one could ever [have] received."

"Women need to know what goes on there. People need to be educated on what goes on inside his clinic," she said.

Tina describes her abortion experience in similar negative terms and discusses the manner in which Tiller and his staff mistreated her.

She also indicated that Tiller required her and other women having late-term abortions to sign a paper indicating they would not contact the local hospital in case of any complications.

"I am ashamed that I have tirelessly defended a man who subjected me to so much pain. I told my friend that story and she said that it was the most inhumane, horrific story of abortion she’s ever heard," Tina said.

Tina now considers herself pro-life and has said she will never have another abortion or encourage anyone else to do so.

Operation Rescue president Troy Newman said, “While these two women were fortunate enough to live to tell about it, their personal stories confirm the need for a Grand Jury investigation into criminal wrongdoing."

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