by Steven Ertelt
September 11, 2007
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — The Kansas state legislature has been holding hearings on the status of the state’s late-term abortion law and what can be done to better enforce it. During a hearing on Friday, one woman says she was forced to have an abortion at Wichita abortion practitioner George Tiller’s center.
Michelle Armesto, a 22-year-old Topeka resident, told lawmakers told the special committee on Federal and State Affairs how she was the victim of a coerced, and apparently illegal, abortion at Tiller’s center four years ago.
She said the recent hubbub concerning late-term abortions caused her to reflect on her own abortion experience and how she feels Tiller coerced her into having the abortion. Armesto told legislators she has hired attorneys and is considering pursuing legal action against the abortion practitioner.
After pressure from her parents, Armesto went to the abortion business. She says she was denied the opportunity to view an ultrasound on her baby before an out-of-state abortion practitioner killed the child with an injection of poison.
She said that she was not able to sign consent papers until after the abortion process had started and that the only exams she received happened afterwards.
After spending the night at a hotel where Tiller’s staff send women getting late-term abortions, she returned and delivered the body of her dead baby on the floor of the abortion center’s bathroom.
Michelle obtained her medical records this summer, including sonograms, and will forward them to the committee. They show the time the baby was killed precedes signing any forms by nearly an hour.
She had an abortion in 2003, the same year for which former Attorney General Phill Kline had been investigating abortions at Tiller’s facility.
However, Armesto’s records did not turn up in his search because Tiller’s staff had listed Armesto’s baby as non-viable and Kline was investigating criminal abortions of viable babies.
Michelle believes her baby was healthy and viable, and was shocked to learn that Tiller had entered otherwise into her medical records.
Mary Kay Culp, the head of Kansans for Life, talked about Armesto’s testimony in comments sent to LifeNews.com.
"Her testimony was important for revealing appalling medical treatment, and violations of the intended legal protection for an informed procedure," she said.
"In addition, Michelle’s experience indicates the likelihood that Tiller regularly omits, or falsifies, viability assessments," Culp said.
She explained that Kansas law allows abortions on non-viable unborn children for any reason.
"Therefore, besides criminal violations of protocol for viable baby abortions, authorities need to investigate Tiller’s entire late-term abortion records," Culp said.
Related web sites:
Kansans for Life – https://www.kfl.org