Apparent Botched Abortion at George Tiller’s Center Comes Days Before Trial

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 12, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Apparent Botched Abortion at George Tiller’s Center Comes Days Before Trial

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 12
, 2009

Wichita, KS ( — An apparent botched abortion has occurred at the late-term abortion business of George Tiller in Kansas just four days before jury selection begins in his trial for allegedly doing illegal late-term abortions. An ambulance transported a woman from Women’s Health Care Services to a local hospital.

Eyewitnesses say Sedgwick County ambulance number 23 left Tiller’s abortion center Thursday at mid-afternoon and transported a woman to Wesley Medical Center.

The ambulance had no lights or sirens running — which is customary with many abortion facilities that don’t want to draw attention to failed abortions.

The patient was rushed into the emergency room with her head covered, leaving witnesses to wonder if she was alive, Operation Rescue president Troy Newman informed

Tiller followed the ambulance to the medical center in a vehicle driven by unlicensed "nurse" Cathy Reavis and dropped him off at an entrance on the east side of the building, out of sight from Operation Rescue staffers who were photographing the incident near the Emergency Room entrance.

"Tiller’s abortion clinic operates outside the bounds of the law and moral decency," Newman said. "How many women must suffer life-threatening injuries or even death until he is jailed and his dangerous abortion business is shut down?"

Tiller has been accused of violating state law requiring a second, independent, physician to sign off on his late-term abortions.

Tiller was slapped with 19 criminal charges for failing to follow the law and using a fellow abortion practitioner with whom he has a financial relationship to claim the abortions were medically necessary.

Sedgwick County District Court Judge Clark Owens released a decision last month dismissing a request from Tiller attorneys that the evidence in the case be suppressed because of claims that it was improperly obtained.

Judge Owens addressed all the concerns Tiller’s attorneys brought up over six days of testimony, including claims that former Attorney General Phill Kline acted in a way that should allow the case to be dismissed.

Owens’ ruling exonerated Kline and allows the trial to move ahead.

"While Phill Kline testified that he would like for all abortions to be outlawed, his investigations made no attempts to prevent lawful abortions from being performed in the State of Kansas," Owens ruled.

"His conduct in the investigation does not merit the sanction of the dismissal of the charges or suppression of evidence," Judge Owens added. "The motion to dismiss or suppress is therefore denied."

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