Former Roe Norma McCorvey Joins Call for Prosecuting Abortion Practitioner

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 1, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 1
, 2007

Topeka, KS ( — The woman who was formerly the Jane Roe of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand is joining a call by pro-life advocates in Kansas to prosecute late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller.

Last week a Kansas state legislative committee approved a measure hat would bring back the illegal abortion charges former Attorney General Phill Kline filed against the Wichita-based Tiller.

Kline filed the charges against Tiller last year saying that he performed illegal late-term abortions for reasons such as "depression" rather than legitimate emergency medical concerns.

They were eventually dismissed by a court after new state Attorney General Paul Morrison said he would likely drop the case.

On Friday, McCorvey announced her support for the legislative resolution to try to bring the charges back.

"As the woman who helped make abortion ‘legal’ in America, I urge you to do everything in your power to stop one of the worst abortionists in America," she said in a statement received.

"George Tiller must be punished for the crimes he has committed-and you can help make that happen," she added.

The resolution passed out of the Federal and State Affairs Committee 12-8, but is now being delayed and may never reach the floor of the House for a full vote as time continues to tick on the legislative season.

Morrison told the committee in a letter on Tuesday that he alone would decide if charges against Tiller would be filed.

"Any further charges will be based on my professional judgment, not legislative action or political calculations," Morrison stated.

Kline joined pro-life advocates and dozens of pastors at a press conference two weeks ago and said the charges are still appropriate.

“I don’t think it is right to be let go,” Kline said of their case and noted that two judges said it was likely that crimes were committed in the allegedly illegal abortions.

Passage of the resolution is needed in only one branch of the legislature directing the attorney general to prosecute the case, and would not require the approval of the governor.

According to K.S.A. 75-702, the attorney general must appear on behalf of the state when "required by the governor or either branch of the legislature" to "prosecute or defend, in any other court or before any officer, in any cause or matter, civil or criminal, in which this state may be a party or interested."

The law mandates pursuance of such cases all the way to the Kansas Supreme Court.

Upon taking office, Morrison fired the special independent prosecutor assigned to the case then withdrew a motion that was before the Kansas Supreme Court asking it to reinstate Tiller’s criminal charges.

Tiller spent hundreds of thousands of dollars through his PAC, ProKanDo, and two dubious non-profit groups to defeat Kline.