Kansas Practitioner Tiller Did Illegal Late-Term Abortions, Analyst Says

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 13, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 13
, 2007

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — An analyst who reviewed the files of the women who had late-term abortions at George Tiller’s Wichita abortion business said Tiller did the abortions illegally by not following the state law’s guidelines for when they can be done. Psychiatrist Paul McHugh said the abortions were done for specious depression reasons rather than because of legitimate medical concerns.

McHugh, a professor at Johns Hopkins University said the records revealed the women having the abortions were distressed for a variety of reasons that ma be normal during pregnancy but that none of the women had "substantial and irreversible" problems that required an abortion.

His comments about the abortion records are the first public comments in a long debate about the charges former state attorney general Phill Kline filed against Tiller, which were dismissed in what some say was a political decision.

However, attorneys for Tiller called the comments irrelevant and claimed they came from a “hired gun witness” whom Kline employed to review the files, according to a Wichita Tribune report.

McHugh told the newspaper that the reasons for getting the late-term abortions ranged from the serious to the trivial but most focus on social not psychological issues or concerns. He said the women in those cases could have easily given the baby up for adoption or found pregnancy help an support.

Ashley Anstaett, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Paul Morrison says his office reviewed the records and plans to wrap up its investigation of the case by the end of the month.

She criticized McHugh for “not respecting” the ongoing probe by speaking to the media about the contents of the abortion records.

Mary Kay Culp, the director of Kansans for Life, told LifeNews.com that comments from Morrison’s cap are disingenuous.

Culp said it “tells us everything we need to know about the poor quality of that investigation” that Morrison’s office has never contacted McHugh to speak with him about his review of the abortion records.

She said it also explains “why Tiller fought so hard to keep what was in the records ‘private,’ and ultimately, why Tiller remains the biggest political donor in Kansas history."

Kline filed 30 misdemeanor charged against Tiller in December saying he had done illegal late-term abortions, but they were ultimately dismissed on jurisdictional grounds. However, observers say politics was involved as the judge who dismissed them and a local district attorney in the case had received donations from Tiller.

Tiller had also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the campaigns of Morrison and pro-abortion Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.