Planned Parenthood Gives Late-Term Abortion Practitioner George Tiller Top Award

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 29, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood Gives Late-Term Abortion Practitioner George Tiller Top Award

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 29
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The International Federation of Planned Parenthood Foundation gave slain late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller its highest award over the weekend. The international abortion business honored Tiller posthumously in Washington months after he was shot and killed in his Kansas church.

Planned Parenthood gave Tiller its Medal of Honor for "outstanding individual contribution to sexual and reproductive health."

According to a Wichita News report, Tiller’s widow Jeanne accepted the award on her late husband’s behalf.

Alexander Sanger, grandson of Margaret Sanger, the woman who founded Planned parenthood and who has come under fire for having racist views for doing so, presented Tiller with the award.

"For 30 years, George Tiller stood up to protests, harassment and assaults, even being wounded some years ago in a shooting," Alexander Sanger said. "He kept his clinic doors open to give a choice to women who never imagined they would ever need it — women with a wanted pregnancy that had gone terribly awry as it progressed."

Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, which strongly publicly opposed Tiller’s late-term abortion business and worked with other pro-life groups in trying to get state officials to clamp down on alleged abuses, told the newspaper he didn’t think Tiller should get an award.

"He’s become St. George to the abortion movement now because he was martyred to their cause," Newman said.

Before his death, the state board that monitors doctors was close to revoking Tiller’s medical license on allegations that he falsified the age of unborn children before the late-term abortions that took their lives. He allegedly did so to stay within the confines of state law.

Tiller also injured numerous women in botched abortions and was responsible for overseeing another abortion practitioner, LeRoy Carhart, who killed mentally disabled teenager Christin Gilbert in a failed abortion.

Tiller was killed on May 31 at Reformation Lutheran Church where he was serving as an usher for the Sunday morning church service.

Scott Roeder, a 51-year-old Kansas City resident and former militia activist with no ties to any pro-life organizations, has been charged with murder in his death. He faces a January 11 trial date.

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