by Steven Ertelt
March 18, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The National Education Association is under fire again for promoting abortion — this time because it allowed late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller to have a speaking role at its building. The teacher’s group allowed the pro-abortion Feminist Majority Foundation to host its young women’s leadership conference.
Tiller currently faces 19 criminal charges for illegal late abortions and a grand jury investigation into additional illegalities.
At the event, members of Students for Life of America took video footage showing the abortion advocates giving Tiller a standing ovation during a slide show with pictures of babies who became victims of abortion.
According to the group’s video, Tiller indicated he would vote for the pro-abortion Democratic candidate for president, either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.
He also appeared to not know of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, a significant pro-life bill President Bush signed that requires proper medical care for babies who survive botched abortions.
Still, he said the "live birth abortion" process of prematurely birthing babies and letting them die is a "sloppy technique," and "the guy that did that ought to have his head beat up."
Tiller also maintained that the decision to deliver a baby who is disabled or have an abortion is a woman’s "choice" and that health insurance companies should be allowed to not cover the birth of disabled babies.
He described babies with handicaps as burdens on women and society.
Jill Stanek, a pro-life nurse whose expose of the practices at a Chicago-area hospital led to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, said she can’t understand why the NEA would allow an event promoting abortion.
"I’ll never understand how the NEA could possibly support aborting its future paychecks," she said.
Stanek commented on the video footage saying, "What I found creepy even for an abortionist was Tiller’s slide show of dead babies he had aborted."
Operation Rescue President Troy Newman also talked about the video in a statement to LifeNews.com.
He said the Feminist Majority Foundation, which has been a big Tiller supporter and done fundraising on his behalf, represented Tiller as one of the few "doctors" in the country who will do late-term abortions for fetal anomaly.
"However, such abortions are illegal in Kansas after 22 weeks gestation," Newman explains.
He also commended the pro-life student group for taking the video.
"This was an awesome piece of undercover work done by Students for Life of America. They did a great job getting the interview and asking tough questions," said Newman. "They are to be commended for their courage. We thank them for making these statements available to the public."
ACTION: Send your complaints to the National Education Association. Go to https://www.nea.org/aboutnea/contact.html for contact information.
The video had been posted on YouTube, but has already been taken down.