Kansas Pro-Life Group Wants Grand Jury to Investigate Illegal Abortions

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

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 9,

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Kansas abortion practitioner George Tiller has been charged with 19 misdemeanor counts of illegal late-term abortions, but a Kansas pro-life group says there are likely many more. The group is asking for a grand jury to convene to find out whether more illegal abortions were done at Tiller’s Wichita abortion center.

Kansans for Life spokesman David Gittrich told LifeNews.com that he’s confident there are more illegal late-term abortions than the 19 Tiller has been charged with doing.

"Abortions of viable unborn babies are supposed to be illegal in Kansas except in the rarest of circumstances, yet we’ve averaged 300 a year since the 1998 ban against them went into effect," he said.

"The abortion ban is not deficient-but those charged with enforcing it are shirking their responsibilities," Gittrich said.

He pointed to financial ties Tiller has with Attorney General Paul Morrison, benefitted from hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions spent by a Tiller group.

Gittrich also said Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston has not properly enforced the late-term abortion law, which prevents any such abortions except in a very limited medical circumstances.

Foulston has also received campaign contributions from Tiller entities.

"We are seeking a Grand Jury led by a special prosecutor that has no ties to Foulston personally, her office, or to any past attorney general administration," Gittirch told LifeNews.com.

The group wants the grand jury to look into late-term abortions performed by Tiller in defiance of the medical criteria required for exemptions and missing info on the state reports as to the reasons for the late-term abortions.

Tiller was charged with violating a section of the law saying any late-term abortions must have an independent second physician sign off on their necessity. But Gittrich says Morrison is only charging Tiller for violations of the law in 2003. He wants the grand jury to look into possible violations from 2004-2007.

"We believe it is PAST time for a complete and thorough investigation of PROBABLE violations of this law," Gittrich concluded.

Related web sites:
Kansans for Life – https://www.kfl.org