Agency Gets Complaint to Suspend George Tiller’s License After Botched Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 30, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Agency Gets Complaint to Suspend George Tiller’s License After Botched Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 30
, 2008

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, which regulates doctors, has received a complaint from a pro-life group after the latest incident of a botched abortion at his abortion business. The incident involves a woman who says an abortion there nearly took her life and says she was given shoddy medical care.

As LifeNews.com reported on Monday, the woman had the abortion last week and says abortion practitioner Shelley Sella may have botched an injection she received. The injection allegedly caused sepsis.

The patient also accuses Sella of misdiagnosing her pregnancy at 19 weeks, even though previous medical examinations placed her pregnancy at 23 weeks, beyond the legal limit for abortions in Kansas.

In addition, the woman returned to Tiller’s abortion business with a temperature of nearly 104 degree and was locked inside a room for nearly four hours. She called for abortion center staff to release her but says her pleas went unanswered.

Officials with Operation Rescue filed the complaint with the state medical board.

In addition to the license suspensions, the complaint urges that the KSBHA to evaluate Tiller’s fitness to continue providing surgical procedures due observations of extremely shaky hands and extremely poor eyesight.

"The situation at Tiller’s abortion clinic constitutes a public emergency," OR president Troy Newman told LifeNews.com.

"This week, other women are submitting late-term abortions that are risky under the best on conditions." Based on what the patient told his group, Newman says "those women’s lives are in immanent danger."

"We urge the KSBHA to close Tiller’s clinic pending a full investigation into this complaint, before we see more women maimed or killed," he said.

The Kansas medical board hasn’t exactly been responsive to past requests to hold Tiller accountable.

In June, Jack Confer replaced Larry Buening, who resigned amid criticism of the Board failing to hold abortion practitioners accountable. However, Confer was appointed by pro-abortion Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who has a close relationship with Tiller.

"The Board, under Buening’s leadership, did not do its job of protecting patients, especially from exploitation by shoddy abortionists," Newman said at the time.

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