by Steven Ertelt
January 11, 2007
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — A local district attorney with political ties to infamous late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller claims he properly reported abortions involving girls young enough to have been victims of statutory rape. The announcement is the latest twist in a nationally watched investigation.
Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston said Tiller followed Kansas law in reporting the potential sexual abuse to her office.
"What our concern was if someone was watching out for the welfare of these children," she said in a statement, according to the Wichita Eagle newspaper. "And we found that they were."
However, former state Attorney General Phill Kline, who launched a probe into whether Tiller was covering up cases of statutory rape with the abortions or doing illegal late-term abortions, dismissed Foulston’s comments.
He fought a two year legal battle to obtain documents from Tiller about the abortions in question on which Foulston made her comments and called her statement "superfluous and meaningless."
Foulston declared that Tiller properly reported the abortion cases involving girls younger than the age of 16. In fact she told the newspaper that Tiller provided evidence in one case of an adult who raped a 10 year-old girl that led to his conviction.
Kline criticized Foulston for not looking into the larger part of his probe concerning the potentially illegal late-term abortions Tiller may have done for reasons other than allowed by Kansas law in medical emergencies.
"The district attorney’s investigation is like looking at the moon and proclaiming that she doesn’t see any evidence that it is the sun," Kline told the newspaper. "Her investigation is nonsensical and serves no law enforcement purpose."
Don McKinney, a Wichita lawyer named by Kline as a special investigator in the case, who was later fired by pro-abortion General Paul Morrison this week, agreed with Kline’s assessment.
"The superficial, so-called investigation by Foulston was a publicity stunt to protect Tiller," McKinney said in a statement. "She did not investigate the charges filed against Tiller, she went off and investigated something else."
Tiller’s lawyers Dan Monnat and Lee Thompson claimed he has been in full compliance with the law.