Pro-Life Group Operation Rescue May Attempt to Buy George Tiller’s Abortion Center
by Steven Ertelt
June 10, 2009
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — The pro-life group Operation Rescue, based in the same central Kansas city where George Tiller ran his late-term abortion practice, is considering purchasing his abortion center now that it has closed down. OR president Troy Newman’s comments come after Tiller’s family said it would close the abortion facility.
"I would love to make an offer on that abortion clinic, and that’s some of the discussion that we’re having," Newman told the Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. We need a bigger office."
Operation Rescue purchased another building that had housed an abortion facility in 2006 and converted it into its national headquarters, but Newman said the group has outgrown it and could use additional space.
"We would love to see that place established as a center for life, one that nurtures and cares for babies, rather than taking their lives," Newman added.
However, Tiller attorney Dan Monnat talked with AP and called a potential move to buy the building a publicity stunt.
"I’m just not going to respond to every irreverent publicity stunt or comment by these extremists," Monnat said.
Yesterday, the Tiller family released a statement saying the Women’s Health Care Services abortion center will be "permanently closed."
The decision, they explained, is effective immediately.
It means that other late-term abortion practitioners like Nebraska-based LeRoy Carhart will not take over Tiller’s Kansas-based abortion center and continue it following his death.
The statement also indicated that Tiller’s family will not have any involvement in any other abortion centers. That means the Tiller name will no longer be connected with the performance of abortions on babies who may be able to live on their own outside their mother’s womb.
Tiller was allegedly shot by Scott Roeder, a militia activist with no affiliations with any pro-life organizations. Roeder’s family has also indicated that he battled with mental illness over the years.
Hundreds of pro-life groups have since issued statements condemning the shooting and saying it doesn’t represent the views of the majority of Americans who are pro-life on abortion and seek legal and peaceful means to protect human life.
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