by Steven Ertelt
October 4, 2004
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — In a revelation that is causing a huge stir among pro-life advocates, three late-term abortion practitioners have made thousands of dollars of donations to the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.
For those involved in the debate about partial-birth abortion, Martin Haskell’s name is familiar. He is credited with inventing the grisly procedure that has been banned in dozens of states and by Congress.
Haskell, and infamous late-term abortion practitioners Warren Hearn of Colorado and George Tiller of Kansas, have donated a total of $7,000 to the Kerry campaign.
While that’s not a huge sum compared with the millions top pro-abortion organizations are spending to oust President Bush, pro-life advocates say it’s noteworthy that notorious men who perform abortions very late in pregnancy are willing to finance Kerry’s campaign for president.
"[T]hese contributions are worth scrutinizing because of what they reveal about John Kerry," writes National Right to Life legislative director Douglas Johnson in the Weekly Standard.
Johnson said the "Kerry campaign apparently readily accepted the contributions–money that might very well have originated in fees charged to perform partial-birth abortions or other late abortions."
According to Johnson, the donations point to Senator Kerry’s extreme view on abortion — a point validated by Kerry’s six votes against a partial-birth abortion ban over the last several years.
The donations also reflect the abortion practitioner’s confidence in Kerry’s statements that he will only appoint judges to the Supreme Court that are willing to uphold Roe v. Wade and, apparently, partial-birth abortions.
"Most likely, these abortionists are quite aware that Kerry has promised to nominate only Supreme Court justices who share his real position on abortion policy–which would guarantee that partial-birth abortions and other late abortions, and of course earlier abortions, would remain almost entirely shielded from scrutiny or restriction by elected lawmakers for the foreseeable future," Johnson explained.
Kerry’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
According to records Johnson obtained, Martin Haskell wrote a check to the Kerry campaign for $2,000 on June 30, 2004.
In 1994, Haskell wrote a seminal paper presenting the new partial-birth abortion method. He has since filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn an Ohio law implementing the FDA’s safety recommendations for using the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug.
George Tiller, who operates a late-term abortion business in Wichita, Kansas, sent the Kerry campaign a contribution of $1,000, recorded March 17, 2004.
Tiller has come under fire recently for botching women’s abortions and three staff members resigned earlier this year.
Between September 15, 2003, and June 25, 2004, Colorado late-term abortionist Warren Hearn gave Kerry the maximum allowed amount of $4,000.
Hearn says he performs abortions as late as the eight month of pregnancy, shortly before birth.