On Sept. 10, Oklahoma City will not be abortion free anymore.
Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center Oklahoma City will be the first abortion facility to open in the city in 40 years, KFOR 4 News reports.
The new abortion facility is the project of Julie Burkhart, a businesswoman who has a shady reputation, having once run an abortion clinic for late-term abortionist George Tiller. She also owns and runs an abortion business in Wichita, Kansas.
The new Oklahoma site plans to begin seeing patients on Sept. 10, according to the report. Oklahoma City has been abortion free for two years since its last abortion facility closed, according to the report. For the past two years, Oklahoma City has been “the largest metro in America to have zero abortion facilities,” the local news channel noted.
There are not many details about the new abortion facility. However, Burkhart has hinted that they will do late-term abortions. She previously told Bloomberg that they will do abortions on babies up to 24 weeks (like the baby in the image above), LifeNews reported.
“After the physician in Oklahoma City went out of business, I felt like it was even more important,”she added in an interview with Rolling Stone. “If you want abortion care in Oklahoma, currently you have to go to Tulsa or Norman. Our clinic will go further in terms of gestational limit, and it will be one more site for people to go to.”
Burkhart estimated that they will see about 1,500 women at the new facility in the first year and twice as many in the second year.
Local pro-lifers, including pregnancy centers, are preparing to increase their outreach in response to Burkhart’s new abortion business. Churches already have held several peaceful protests outside the facility.
Barbara Chishko, director of Birth Choices pregnancy centers, said they will continue serving women and providing life-affirming options, even if they have abortions.
“We have built this facility for our pregnant women irregardless of what they’re going to decide because we know that this is better than abortion. They deserve better than that. We want to give them the best we have to offer,” Chishko told KFOR. “I became involved because of my faith and my belief system in that I believe life is precious. Life is a gift from God and it would be wrong to return that gift unopened.”
Burkhart and her Kansas abortion facility have poor reputations for patient care and safety. Cheryl Sullenger, a leader of Operation Rescue, described Burkhart this way:
Burkhart is a militant pro-abortion activist who once worked for the notorious late-term abortionist George Tiller as head of his now-defunct political action committee. During that time, Burkhart was paid by Tiller to lobby against common sense laws that provided late-term abortion limits, as well as safety standards and accountability for abortion clinics. She also opposed efforts by [Kansas] Attorney General Phil Kline to investigate the non-reporting of child sex abuse at Kansas abortion clinics.
In December, pro-lifers uncovered even more evidence of shady goings on.
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A 911 call from November revealed a desperate mother saying that her teenage daughter was being forced to have an abortion at Burkhart’s Wichita facility, LifeNews reported. According to police, the mother called 911 after receiving text messages from the teen saying that her estranged father was holding her at the abortion facility against her will. Police arrived at the scene but Burkhart did not cooperate well with the police, according to reports. She refused to say whether the teen was inside her facility or speak to police while being recorded, according to the report. Her obstruction prevented the police from checking on the teen’s welfare.
In July 2015, pro-lifers also uncovered evidence that a woman had been severely injured in a botched abortion at her Wichita facility. According to 911 audio from the incident, Burkhart initially told an ambulance crew not to rush there or turn its lights on for the woman, LifeNews reported.
Burkhart also appears to be employing an abortionist with a sordid history. Sullenger reported that Wichita doctor Leslie E.F. Page was once disciplined by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts for “professional incompetency.” In February 2015, Operation Rescue obtained documents showing Page had secretly signed on to work for Burkhart as an abortionist.