by Steven Ertelt
June 28, 2006
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — A Kansas-based pro-life group has purchased a building that formerly housed an abortion business in Wichita. Operation Rescue has purchased the building at 3013 E. Central where the Central Women’s Services abortion center was located before it closed down for good earlier this month.
The facility will be renovated and serve as Operation Rescue’s national corporate headquarters, and will feature a memorial to the babies who were victims of abortion there.
“This building is a testament to the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. If Jesus can redeem a building, He can redeem lives and heal hurting hearts,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “It is also an encouragement to the pro-life movement that, through God’s grace, we are winning the abortion battle one closed mill at a time.”
The pro-life group also plans to hold a public viewing of the building to show the kind of unsanitary and dilapidated conditions of the building and what women having abortions had to endure there.
“We want the public to see and understand the filthy, decrepit conditions that existed … before renovations begin,” said Newman.
Central Women’s Services did abortions there for 23 years and Operation Rescue estimates that as many as 50,000 abortions were done during that time.
Staff at Central held a yard sale at the end of last month to sell off the rest of its possessions, including business supplies, office equipment, and furniture.
Central Women’s Services was suffering financial difficulties in recent months, and was behind on their rent at the building. They had scaled back doing abortions to just two days per month.
Sherman Zaremski of Kansas City drove three hours to Wichita to do abortions. In January, former Planned Parenthood employee Ronald Yeomans, who had had run-ins with the state health board, took over doing the abortions at Central.
Central came under fire in June 2005 when Operation Rescue discovered that the bodies of babies aborted there were “processed” and dumped at a landfill in the Kansas City area.
In July 2005, the pro-life group documented a botched abortion.
Most of the abortions done in the Wichita area are performed at Women’s Health Care Services, the abortion business owned by infamous late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller.
Tiller currently faces a grand jury investigation in the January 2005 botched abortion death of a mentally disabled teenager. Wichita residents submitted several thousand petitions calling for the probe.
Related web sites:
Operation Rescue – https://www.operationrescue.org