George Tiller Lied About Number of Late-Term Abortions, Pro-Life Group Contends
by Steven Ertelt
April 8, 2009
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — A pro-life group says the figures released by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment prove that, during his trial, late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller misrepresented the number of post-viability abortions done at his Wichita abortion center by as much as 50 percent.
Tiller took the stand in his own defense against charges he engaged in illegal late-term abortions in 2003. He testified under oath that between 250 and 300 of the controversial abortions were done at his center every year. He was eventually found not guilty.
Yet, according to figures from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, post-viability abortions were done in Kansas that year.
Tiller operates the only facility in Kansas that does abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy. His is also the only abortion center in the state to employ the drug Digoxin in the late-term abortions and the health department indicated there were 464 reported cases that year of abortions using that drug.
Operation Rescue president Troy Newman noticed the discrepancy in the figures.
"Late-term abortions are Tiller’s bread and butter," he said.
"As a businessman, you can’t tell me that he didn’t know exactly how well his premium service was selling. His paycheck was based on a percentage of the gross sales, and it is inconceivable that he doesn’t know how much money he makes. He wouldn’t be able to stay in business if he were that incompetent of a businessman," Newman explained.
Tiller’s attorneys successfully objected to questions about Tiller’s total annual income during the trial.
"They obviously wanted to keep the truth from the jury about how much money Tiller makes off these very unpopular abortions," said Newman.
Tiller indicated that the average cost of a post-viability abortion is $6,000. He pockets 38 cents on every dollar generated. Using that average, post-viability abortions conservatively generated over $2.9 million in 2003, with Tiller’s take being close to $1.2 million.
"That much money is plenty of incentive to commit perjury," said Newman.
"And that figure does not take early abortion profits into consideration. Tiller is making a killing off killing babies. With the kind of money changing hands, it is no wonder that Tiller and his attorneys will stoop to any level to keep the dollars rolling in," he said.
"The KDHE records cast serious doubt on Tiller’s ability to tell the truth," Newman concluded. "That is something to keep in mind as he faces inquiries from the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts."
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