Complaints Against Abortion Practitioner George Tiller Could Cost Medical License

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 6, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Complaints Against Abortion Practitioner George Tiller Could Cost Medical License

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 6
, 2009

Topeka, KS ( — The Kansas Board of Healing Arts is already pursuing a case against late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller, but two complaints could also result in him losing his medical license. One pro-life group says that, together, the board’s petition and the complaints could spell the end of Tiller’s abortion career.

Moments after a Kansas grand jury acquitted Tiller of allegedly engaging in illegal late-term abortions, the medical board announced the 11-count petition against Tiller.

The state medical board has also sent letters to two women notifying them that their complaints against Tiller remain open and are progressing through the system.

The first woman, identified only by her first name Shaye, was part of an undercover investigation conducted by the pro-life group Operation Rescue. She found Tiller’s abortion business fudging the dates of her unborn child to make a late-term abortion legal.

Her evidence appeared to back up concerns that Tiller’s abortion business routinely underestimates the fetal age and viability of unborn children in order to comply with Kansas law.

By estimating that the age of the baby at the time of the abortion is less than late-term, it can get away with not complying with the requirements Kansas law places on such abortions.

The volunteer was given false information about the age of her unborn child and an appointment for an illegal abortion during the undercover investigation. She was in her 25th week of pregnancy when she received a sonogram from Tiller’s abortion center in October.

When the first measurements taken during a sonogram showed her baby past the threshold of viability, a Tiller employee threw those measurements in the trash. She then came up with a lower measurement and Shaye was scheduled for an abortion in violation of Kansas law.

Another woman, who is referred to publicly as "Patient S." received notice that information she recently sent to the KSBHA concerning her botched abortion experience was added to a complaint filed earlier by Cheryl Sullenger, an Operation Rescue staffer.

Patient S. suffered life-threatening abortion complications at Tiller’s abortion center including a high fever and respiratory and cardiac arrest during the abortion.

She was transported to the hospital in Tiller’s private vehicle, where he told her to keep her IV bag down so pro-life observers would not see it. She also suffered a staph infection on her face due to the apparent reuse of a dirty oxygen mask.

"Tiller’s troubles are far from over, and his medical license remains at risk. With the changes at the Board, we are encouraged by news that these cases are moving forward," OR president Troy Newman told

"With so many accusations of wrong-doing against him, we have every hope that Tiller will eventually be held accountable for his actions," he said.

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