Late-Term Abortion Practitioners Across Nation Replacing George Tiller After Death

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 16, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Late-Term Abortion Practitioners Across Nation Replacing George Tiller After Death

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 16
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Late-term abortion practitioners are picking up where George Tiller left off. The Kansas-based late-term abortion practitioner had a sizable share of the market on doing abortions later in pregnancy, but a new report indicates abortion practitioners are stepping up across the country to do those abortions.

Women came from several states away to get abortions from Tiller because of his centralized location and willingness to apparently go beyond state law to do the kind of abortions even many abortion advocates oppose.

That ended when militia activist Scott Roeder shot and killed Tiller last summer.

But a new Los Angeles Times article says the business of killing unborn children late in pregnancy is continuing.

The newspaper indicates Curtis Boyd, an Albuquerque, New Mexico abortion practitioner, came out of retirement to start doing late-term abortions.

He also announced on his web site that he hired two abortion practitioners — Susan Robinson and Shelley Sella, who worked with Tiller and had problems of her own — to do abortions with him.

"Dr. Tiller was one of the few doctors in the United States who provided late-term abortions to women with severe fetal abnormalities or maternal health indications," a statement on Boyd’s web site indicates. "Appointments for late abortions are now available."

The Times noted all three abortionists declined interviews.

Meanwhile, the newspaper interviewed Vicki Saporta, the president of the National Abortion Federation, a trade group of abortion businesses and practitioners, who says her organization searched for more late-term abortion practitioners after Tiller’s death.

She said NAF asked existing abortionists to expand their business to include second and third-trimester abortions but she would not say how many agreed to do them.

During his time doing abortions, Tiller was a main focus for pro-life groups like Operation Rescue, which worked overtime to hold him accountable for illegal and botched abortions. Now the groups, none of which engaged in or called for or supported violence in any way, may turn their focus on Boyd.

Rev. Stephen Imbarrato, president of Project Defending Life in Albuquerque, told the Times OR has contacted him to ask him what he is doing to draw attention to Boyd’s late-term abortions.

The focus on keeping Boyd and his abortion practitioner colleagues accountable may pay dividends because Sella has a history of botched abortions and unethical incidents.

In June 2008 she stood accused of killing a baby who apparently was born alive following a failed abortion procedure.

The incident saw Shelley Sella, a California abortion practitioner sometimes employed by Tiller, intentionally stab to death an infant born alive during an abortion.

In this case, former Tiller employee Tina Davis told OR staff that the incident took place sometime between 2006 and 2008. At the time, Sella reportedly split her time with Tiller’s abortion center, one in California, and smaller abortion centers across the country.

"Davis gave us a very specific eyewitness account about the incident," Operation Rescue president Troy Newman told at the time.

"We were told that the baby was 35 weeks gestation at the time of the abortion. The baby came out and was moving," he continued. "Sella looked up at Ms. Davis, then picked up a utensil and stabbed the baby in the left ribcage, twisting the utensil until the baby quit moving."

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