Case Against Late-Term Abortion Practitioner Now Officially Dead

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 14, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 14
, 2007

Topeka, KS ( — The state of Kansas’ case against Wichita late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller is now officially dead. That’s because the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Wednesday against a request have the 30 charges related to illegal late-term abortions reinstated after a county court dismissed them.

State law requires that the late-term abortions be done only in legitimate cases of medical emergencies but the state obtained records showing that some of them were done on women who merely complained of "depression" during their pregnancy.

Attorney General Phill Kline filed the charges in Sedgwick County District Court in December shortly before he left office. A judge dismissed them and Donald McKinney, a special prosecutor Kline appointed in the case, asked the state’s high court to reinstate them.

Paul Morrison, a pro-abortion Democrat who defeated Kline in his bid for re-election in November, fired the prosecutor and asked the state Supreme Court to dismiss the charges.

The court offered no explanation for its recent decision, merely stamping the word "granted" on Morrison’s papers.

In a report submitted to Morrison before leaving his position as special prosecutor, McKinney said there is enough evidence to prosecute Tiller on 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.

The charges related to 14 allegedly illegal abortions in 2003 on girls as young as ten and women as old as 22 years of age.

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.