University of Kansas Professor Now Helping Late-Term Abortion Practitioner
by Steven Ertelt
July 14, 2008
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life group has learned that a University of Kansas professor is now helping late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller. Burtram Odenheimer, a Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of Kansas School of Medicine, is now signing off on second and third-trimester abortions.
Tiller is the infamous late-term abortion practitioner who has repeatedly escaped prosecution for allegedly illegal abortions that are done outside of Kansas law.
State law requires two physicians to sign off on the supposed need for a late-term abortion and Tiller had apparently violated the law by having a business partner vouch for them rather than obtaining an independent analysis from another doctor.
Operation Rescue tells LifeNews.com that Odenheimer is now providing the second opinion needed for the abortions to qualify under state law.
The group says Odenheimer, a neurologist who is board certified in psychiatry, secretly sees Tiller’s patients at his office at the Wichita Clinic, a non-abortion medical center at located at 3311 E. Murdock in Wichita.
Operation Rescue president Troy Newman told LifeNews.com on Monday that, "Odenheimer and others are working secretly with Tiller because they do not want the community to know that they are associated with his disreputable late-term abortion practice."
"However, the public has a right to know who is propping up Tiller’s abortion business," he said.
He said his group is urging local residents to boycott to make their voices heard about the new development.
"The Wichita Clinic and Odenheimer are abortion collaborators. Their help enables Tiller to continue aborting late-term babies," said Newman. "We call on pro-life supporters in Wichita to boycott the Wichita Clinic as well as Odenheimer’s practice."
"Since Tiller’s late-term abortion patients come from every state, we urge pro-lifers everywhere to contact the Wichita Clinic Board President Jerry Niernberger and voice opposition to his clinic’s part in aiding and abetting Tiller’s horrific late-term abortion business," Newman added.
Operation Rescue has plans to launch protests at the Wichita Clinic and sponsor prayer walks in Odenheimer’s exclusive neighborhood, located near 21st Street and Webb Road.
Kansas law requires that an unaffiliated physician must concur with the abortionist that a post-viability abortion is necessary to prevent "substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function" of the mother.
Tiller currently uses the mental health loophole supposedly implied in the law as an excuse to abort late-term babies up until the day before birth.
ACTION: Contact the following to voice your objections to the late-term abortion partnership:
Board President Jerry E. Niernberger
Phone: (316) 609-4531; Fax: (316) 636-1540
E-Mail: [email protected]
(Put "Attn. Dr. Niernberger" in the subject line.)
Burt Odenheimer, MD
E-Mail: [email protected]
(Put "Attn. Dr. Odenheimer" in the subject line.)
You can also contact the University of Kansas to protest one of its faculty assisting with late-term abortions by going here.
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