A Haunting Legacy Part 2
In part two of this two part series on the late term abortion practices of George Tiller, we’ll look at the battle that has gone on in Kansas to get laws enforced limiting abortions of viable babies – babies who are developed enough to live outside the womb. Kansas legislators passed laws to specify the circumstances that abortions past the 20 th week of pregnancy could be performed on healthy babies, limiting to death of the mother and irreversible bodily harm. When Phill Kline went from being a state legislator who helped pass that law to Kansas Attorney General responsible for enforcing the law, he found disturbing evidence that the law was being ignored. The evidence indicates that Tiller performed abortions into the third trimester of pregnancy on healthy women and babies for reasons such as temporary depression related to not being able to attend a concert or participate in a rodeo.
Until the shooting death of George Tiller in May, 2009, his work in Wichita, Kansas gained it the title of the “Late Term Abortion Capital.” Kansans for Life Executive Director Mary Kay Culp takes us through the political and legal minefields of getting state law enforced and how that has changed the focus of the pro-life movement. Michelle Berge-Armesto, featured in part one, will share how she is telling her story to bring action to enforcing the law.
A Cincinnati pro-life leader, Jennifer Giroux, talks about how what goes on in Kansas matters to the rest of the nation and why former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline is a man of rare courage among elected officials.
Just days after these interviews were made, abortionist George Tiller was killed at the hands of a gunman. This condemnable act has not resulted in the closing of his Wichita clinic. But the vigilance of those concerned about illegal late term abortions has become even more relevant as the public debate becomes more prominent.