by Steven Ertelt
May 31, 2007
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius came under fire from national television talk show host Bill O’Reilly last night for vetoing another bill that would have held abortion practitioners accountable. She turned back a measure that would have required them to say why they did late-term abortions in each case.
The Kansas legislature approved the measure after Wichita late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller had been the subject of dozens of charges that he did late-term abortions for specious reasons outside of Kansas law.
Kansas only allows the abortions in rare cases of legitimate medical emergencies.
Former Attorney General Phill Kline had charged Tiller but the case was eventually dropped by the courts on jurisdictional grounds after Kline lost his bid for re-election.
O’Reilly blasted Tiller for "executing fetuses" for "vague medical reasons."
"Incredibly, Gov. Sebelius is protecting Tiller," O’Reilly said during his broadcast. "And Gov. Sebelius is allowing him to continue the slaughter. How the governor sleeps at night is beyond me."
O’Reilly produced a document showing that Tiller has a lengthy history of campaign contributions to Sebelius going back to 1994.
The Fox News host had Rep. Ben Hodge as a guest. Hodge and a handful of other pro-life Kansas lawmakers resigned their seats on a legislative committee to protest of the lack of action by Speaker Melvin Neufeld to bring Tiller to justice.
When asked by O’Reilly if this was a disgrace upon everyone who lives in Kansas, Rep. Hodge responded, "Yes, I think it is. I think at times in American history there will be times when branches of government fail the people and I think this is one of those times."
Pro-life advocates applauded O’Reilly for taking the late-term abortion issue in Kansas head on as he’s done before.
"O’Reilly’s remarks underscore what our own research and work has revealed about the web of corruption that surrounds and protects Tiller," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who worked behind the scenes with Kansas legislators in an attempt to bring Tiller to justice.
He said the problem was not just a Kansas issue but a national one because women go to Wichita from across the country for late-term abortions at Tiller’s facility.
"We pray that the national exposure O’Reilly brings to this scandal will force the people of Kansas to begin taking meaningful action to clean up governmental corruption and bring Tiller to a court where he can be held accountable under the law as soon as possible," said Newman.
Related web sites:
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius – https://www.governor.ks.gov