Kansas Abortion Business Poisons Pro-Life Advocates With Unknown Substance

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 1, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Kansas Abortion Business Poisons Pro-Life Advocates With Unknown Substance

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 13
, 2008

Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — A late-term abortion business in Kansas has been accused of putting an unknown substance on the driveway leading into the facility and sickening two pro-life advocates. The abortion center in question is the Women’s Health Care Services, run by embattled late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller.

The two women, Jennifer McCoy and Brandi Lozier, were praying outside the abortion business on November 2 as part of the 40 Days For Life event.

McCoy was treated for four hours at a local hospital emergency room suffering from vomiting, diarrhea, and swelling of the face and eyes. Lozier suffered similar symptoms, but was not hospitalized.

The pro-life group Operation Rescue told LifeNews.com that, after numerous tests, doctors told McCoy that her symptoms were the result of exposure to a foreign substance, and were not related to any viral or bacterial infection.

Hazmat officials were called to the abortion center and treated the area with a small gravel substance to absorb the noxious oily spill.

After being released from the hospital, McCoy filed a complaint with the Wichita Police Department, but almost two weeks later, it appears local officials aren’t taking any action.

Operation Rescue spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger told LifeNews.com, "We suspect that this chemical attack may have been in retribution for Jennifer’s help in documenting a botched abortion at Tiller’s clinic a few weeks ago."

McCoy had interviewed a woman from her hospital bed she nearly died from a botched abortion at Tiller’s abortion center. McCoy also helped the unnamed woman get additional medical treatment.

The local pro-life advocates who help women outside the abortion center have faced these kinds of attacks before.

In September, 2007, Tiller’s security guard, John Rayburn, was photographed with a "stink bomb" that also sickened those on the scene. Prosecutors refused to file charges, and efforts to hold Tiller accountable in small claims court failed.

"We know whoever is responsible for endangering the health of these innocent women will only continue to be emboldened by a lack of prosecution," said Sullenger. "The only way to stop these cowardly attacks on pro-lifers is to catch the perpetrators and put them in jail."

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