by Steven Ertelt
June 26, 2007
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Like no other state in the country, Kansas has became ground zero in the abortion battle as pro-life elected officials and groups have battled with the courts to get abortion laws there enforced. On Monday, Kansas legislators called on Attorney General Paul Morrison to uphold a late-term abortion law.
They want Morrison to put charges against Wichita late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller back in place.
Former top attorney Phill Kline charged Tiller with dozens of counts of violating a law that allows late-term abortions only in legitimate medical situations affecting a woman’s health.
However, Paul McHugh, a renowned psychiatrist from Johns Hopkins University who reviewed Tiller’s abortion records in the case, stated that no record he saw supported late-term abortions under the law.
On Monday, state Rep. Lance Kinzer laid out a case for serious concerns that the state law banning abortions over 21 weeks gestation is being violated.
Kinzer was joined Monday afternoon in front of the State Capitol by five other legislators as he explained the law, exposed what he called the "sham argument" of concerns over patient privacy, and played a short audio clip taken from an interview with Dr. Paul McHugh.
Kinzer ended by calling for Attorney General Paul Morrison to enforce the rule of law and stop Tiller from committing further illegal late-term abortions.
"Illegal late-term abortions are going on in Kansas," he said during the press conference.
Pro-life groups say Morrison, who backs abortion, is not acting faithfully in the case because of political help from campaign mailings and phone calls linked to Tiller and political action committees he supports.
Morrison’s office is now promising an announcement about the state of his probe into Tiller by the end of June.
Kansans for Life has been upset that Morrison’s office has never contacted McHugh, the lead expert witness in the case Kline filed, for more information.
"Paul Morrison claiming that he is properly investigating the charges against Tiller, while ignoring the key expert witness, and Tiller claiming cooperation, while his lawyer insults that witness … tells us all we need to know about the quality of this so-called investigation, and why Tiller remains one of the biggest political donors in Kansas history," KFL director Mary Kay Culp said.
Relatewd web sites:
Kansans for Life – https://www.kfl.org