Abortion Activists Forget George Tiller Killed, Injured Women in Botched Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 4, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Activists Forget George Tiller Killed, Injured Women in Botched Abortions

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 4
, 2009

Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — Since his shooting death last weekend, the mainstream media and abortion advocates have gone out of their way to paint late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller as a champion of women. However, their portrayal of Tiller neglects any mention of the women he killed or injured in botched abortions.

While hundreds of pro-life groups have forcefully condemned alleged gunman Scott Roeder for killing Tiller, and, while his record presents no reason for his death, Tiller was anything but a protector of women’s health.

Perhaps the biggest blunder in Tiller’s career of doing legal, and supposedly safe, abortions was the death of Christin Gilbert.

Gilbert was a 19 year-old mentally disabled girl from Texas who was killed in a botched legal abortion done at Tiller’s abortion business in Wichita in January 2005.

After the botched abortion, Gilbert was rushed into the Wesley Medical Center ER, followed by Tiller moments later. She eventually died.

Following Gilbert’s death, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which regulates doctors in the state, refused to prosecute Tiller for killing Gilbert, saying he followed all state laws during the abortion procedure.

After the agency’s decision thousands of Wichita residents filed petitions with the local courts to call for a grand jury to investigate the case. The grand jury, too, failed to prosecute Tiller or any of his staff involved in the abortion.

Gilbert’s own family also supported a petition drive by Kansans for Life to get a Kansas county to convene a grand jury to investigate the death.

During the proceedings, Tiller took Fifth Amendment protections, as did a number of Tiller abortion business employees, which prevented the grand jury from getting more information about Gilbert’s medical care, before, during and after the abortion.

Paramedics in Wichita are no stranger to Tiller’s abortion center as they went there numerous times to transport patients injured in botched abortions to Wesley Medical Center.

One botched abortion reportedly occurred as recently as March, when 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 with 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.

In September, a woman who had an abortion at Tiller’s center says it nearly took her life. She said Tiller center abortion practitioner Shelley Sella may have botched an injection she gave the patient.

The injection allegedly caused sepsis, a systemic infection that rapidly spreads throughout the body and can cause rapid death.

The patient also accused Sella of misdiagnosing her pregnancy at 19 weeks, even though previous medical examinations placed her pregnancy at 23 weeks, beyond the legal limit for abortions in Kansas.

Emergency medical personnel arrived at Tiller’s abortion center in October to transport an abortion victim for emergency medical care. At the time that was the third emergency transport documented in the last five weeks.

Tiller’s record as an abortion practitioner was so poor that, at the time of his death, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts released to the public a petition it filed in December listing eleven allegations against Tiller’s license.

Violations alleged include performing an abortion on a fetus that was viable without having a documented referral from another physician not legally or financially affiliated with him," the board said in a statement.

They also include "unprofessional or dishonorable conduct or professional incompetency and commitment of acts likely to deceive, defraud or harm the public."

The allegations could have resulted in Tiller losing his medical license and could have required Tiller to stop doing abortions or significantly scaling back his abortion business.

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