by Steven Ertelt
January 14, 2007
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — The special prosecutor who new Attorney General Paul Morrison fired from a case involving late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller told Morrison to prosecute Tiller. The abortion business owner has been charges with doing illegal late-term abortions for illegitimate reasons other than allowed by state law.
Donald McKinney send Morrison his final recommendations on Friday and said there is enough evidence to prosecute Tiller on the charges.
He submitted to Morrison a three page public statement on the latest developments in the legal battle and said he hoped Morrison, who has threatened to drop the case, would "truly investigate the charges."
"It currently appears that persons come to Kansas from virtually all over the United States to obtain abortions of late-term babies without any substantial legal protection for those babies, despite the intent and wording of the laws enacted by the people of Kansas,” McKinney said in the paper.
Ashley Anstaett, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, told the Associated Press she had not seen McKinney’s statement but claimed Morrison will honestly evaluate the case before making a decision to drop it or pursue the charges.
“We have gathered all the information back together — the files — and we will begin examining them for evidence of a crime,” Anstaett said.
Morrison defeated former Attorney General Phill Kline who filed 30 misdemeanor charges against Tiller saying he had performed 14 illegal abortions in 2003 on girls as young as ten and women as old as 22 years of age.
Some documents allegedly showed that Tiller did the abortions on women who listed "depression" as the reason for the abortion rather than the legitimate medical reasons the state requires for them to be legal.
Tiller, who has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars made from his abortion business to defeat Kline, escaped prosecution in the January 2005 abortion death of Cristin Gilbert, a mentally disabled 19 year-old girl from Texas.