Kansas Media Tour Former Wichita Abortion Business With Filthy Conditions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 14, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 14, 2006

Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — Members of the media in Wichita, Kansas toured a former abortion business having filthy conditions that a local pro-life group has purchased. Though they didn’t write extensive articles describing the many problems women seeking abortions would have faced, they were able to view the poor conditions inside the building.

Reporters from the Associated Press, WIBW-TV, and the Wichita Eagle newspaper were taken through each room of the former abortion center and shown the shoddy conditions, including out of code plumbing and utilities.

They were shown a sink next to the abortion rooms that featured an industrial garbage disposal where the abortion machine bottles were rinsed and where an anonymous clinic worker indicated that aborted baby remains were packaged to await courier pick-up.

The pro-life group Operation Rescue, which purchased the abortion facility for its headquarters, believes aborted babies were once put down the disposal, although that practice had apparently stopped in recent years.

The group says some of the reporters viewed parts of the abortion facility twice and were shocked by what they saw.

“They all seemed to understand that this abortion mill needed to close,” said OR spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger. “Most of them seem genuinely shocked by what they saw.”

“There is no way anyone, including the Gov. Sebelius who has opposed any regulation on abortion clinics, can get away with saying Kansas abortion clinics are safe and clean. We have just proved to the world that is not true,” Sullenger said.

However, in three articles written by reporters who attended the viewing, general references were made to the shoddy conditions inside but not of the very brief news reports described the problems at length or Governor Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of bills that would provide for better inspections and regulation of abortion centers.

The Central Women’s Services abortion business will not likely reopen anywhere else and the rights to its name and web site were sold to George Tiller, who operates a late-term abortion business in Wichita.

"I hopefully believe our patients still have a very good place … to go for women’s health care services, and if not, there are other clinics within a three-hour radius," Kelly Simpson, former president of Central Women’s Services, told AP. "I don’t think it will affect the number of abortions that are being done."

Simpson blamed the shoddy conditions on the moving of everything out of the building and indicated that none of the women going there for abortions every complained about its cleanliness.

Abortions were done twice a month at the time the abortion facility closed and Central was doing about 350 to 400 abortions each year.