by Steven Ertelt
April 2, 2008
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — A Kansas pro-life group is upset by a motion attorneys for late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller have filed in district court. The motion asks a judge to tell members of the grand jury to avoid a media campaign launched by Operation Rescue last month.
The campaign includes radio ads and automated phone calls to Kansas residents across the state to let them know about the problems at Tiller’s abortion center in Wichita.
It features information on Tiller’s efforts to block evidence that could show him violating state abortion laws from members of the grand jury that Kansans for Life, OR and other pro-life advocates called to make sure Tiller is held accountable.
Operation Rescue President Troy Newman told LifeNews.com on Wednesday that the motion demonstrates how "desperate" Tiller and his attorneys have become in their efforts to prevent him from facing legal consequences for allegedly illegal late-term abortions.
"Tiller just doesn’t want the grand jury to see anything – not the records, not the inside of his clinic, not the abortion process, and certainly not the truth," Newman said.
While one of Tiller’s attorneys told the local media he worries the educational campaign will wrongly influence the members of the panel, Newman says the project isn’t aimed at the grand jurors.
The educational effort "is simply meant to increase public awareness to keep the process honest and free from corruption, which breeds in secrecy," he said.
The campaign is scheduled to run until April 8, when the Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Tiller’s motions to quash subpoenas for late-term abortion records from his Women’s Health Care Services abortion center.
Pro-life advocates say Tiller’s so-called privacy concerns are invalid because the grand jury specifically requested that all patient-identifying information be redacted before the records are supplied.
"The citizens who demanded this grand jury are tired of Tiller’s continuous obstructions," Newman concluded. "The Supreme Court needs to step aside and allow the grand jury to do its job and conduct an honest and thorough investigation."
Tiller also faces charges from the state attorney general.