Pro-Life, Pro-Abortion Advocates Differ on George Tiller Not Guilty Verdict
by Steven Ertelt
March 29, 2009
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — After a jury found late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller not guilty of violating state abortion laws, pro-life groups say they are saddened by the news. However, they insist they will not give up in trying to hold Tiller accountable and say there is likely other illegal activity at his abortion center.
Tory Newman, the head of Operation Rescue, a pro-life group that has made monitoring Tiller one of its main missions, says the decision is "justice denied" but not the end of the story.
"While disappointed in the verdict, we at Operation Rescue are not deterred in our commitment to one day bring Tiller to justice," he said.
"The 19 charges that Tiller faces were only a small fraction of the illegal activity that we believe and have documented that occurs at Tiller’s Wichita abortion clinic," Newman added.
"On behalf of the pre-born children wrongly killed by Tiller and his associates, we vow to press on until Tiller is finally held accountable to the law and his late-term abortion mill is permanently closed," Newman told LifeNews.com.
Kansans for Life director Mary Kay Culp also talked with LifeNews.com about the verdict.
"The verdict in the Tiller trial was as we feared, even as we hoped for a miracle," she said. "It is no way means he is innocent."
Culp says she isn’t surprised that Tiller got off the hook considering his financial relationships with the political establishment, to whom he has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds.
"So much political money is spent by Tiller in Kansas, one could argue that statewide Democrat candidates have a vested interest in keeping him in business," Culp says.
"This case did accomplish a few things," Culp adds.
"It established that Kansas is indeed the late-term capitol of America if not the world. It answered a puzzle we long pondered? How did Kristin Neuhaus manage to hold on to her medical license? If Tiller is to be believed, it was former BOHA Executive Director, Larry Buening who matched Neuhaus and Tiller,’ she explained.
Meanwhile, abortion advocates were elated by the news.
"Once again Dr. George Tiller has been vindicated," said Elenaor Smeal of the Feminist Majority Foundation, which had raised funds to help the late-term abortion practitioner’s legal defense.
"Thank you for your support throughout this six-month investigation. As you know, Dr. Tiller is one of the few late-term abortion providers," Smeal added.
"Tiller’s clinic is a last resort for women across the country. We must not allow anti-abortion extremists to force this critical clinic to close," she said.
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