Kansas Records Link Abortion Practitioner With Supportive Elected Officials

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 2, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 2
, 2007

Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — A pro-life group has released campaign finance records that link Wichita late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller with elected officials who have refused to put the weight of their office behind investigations and charges filed against Tiller for various wrongdoing.

Tiller has been responsible for the botched abortions done on several women including a January 2005 abortion that resulted in the death of Cristin Gilbert, a mentally disabled 19 year-old girl from Texas.

He also was charged by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline with doing illegal late-term abortions on women for reasons other than allowed y state law.

While the state requires legitimate medical reasons for such abortions, Tiller had been doing them because of complaints of "depression" during pregnancy.

However, District Attorney Nola Folston persuaded Judge Paul W. Clark to dismiss the Tiller charges on jurisdictional grounds in December then successfully defended her motion at a hearing before Clark.

She continues to refuse to address or investigate the 30 charges and their evidence, having deferred to Kline’s replacement, Attorney General Paul Morrison.

Documents released Friday by the pro-life group Operation Rescue show a donation from Tiller’s wife, Jeanne, to Foulston during her first run for District Attorney in 1988. Foulston has run unopposed since 1992.

Campaign finance records also indicate that both Foulston and Tiller attorney Dan Monnat donated to the campaign of Judge Paul W. Clark during his last election. In addition, Foulston has a history of giving to Clark campaigns.

"It is obvious from the documentation that the people involved with dismissing or not pursuing the Tiller criminal case all have political ties of some kind," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

"There is a clear appearance of impropriety here that should be investigated," he explained.

"Paybacks for campaign favors should never be allowed to influence the prosecution of a criminal case. If that proves to be the situation here, it is something that needs to be exposed and dealt with so justice can move forward," Newman concluded.