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Tiller on Trial

John on August 17, 2007 at 9:48 am

The most infamous practitioner of infanticide in the nation is on trial and what a long strange trip it has been. Originally, Tiller was charged with 30 counts of performing illegal late-term abortions. According to the law, late term abortions are only to be done in cases where there is a medical necessity such as the life of the mother. Tiller was charged with performing such abortions for reasons that included “depression of the mother.”

The prosecutor in the original case was Republican Attorney General for the state of Kansas Phil Kline. Kline was accused (perhaps rightly) of engaging in political prosecution. With the help of Kansas media and phone banks set up inside Planned Parenthood offices, Kline lost his reelection bid.

Kline’s replacement was Democrat Paul Morrison who was pro-choice and had more or less suggested all along that he would not prosecute Tiller. Shortly after he took office he dropped 15 of the 30 counts against Tiller. Pro-life groups in the state saw it as the beginning of a political whitewash.

But there was another twist. Just days before Morrison was expected to drop all charges against Tiller, he apparently was struck by a pattern of doctor referrals in Tiller’s files. State law requires that a doctor receive a second opinion prior to performing a late-term abortion. On paper, Tiller had indeed been receiving second opinions, but quite a number of them came from one doctor named Ann Kristin Neuhaus. So on June 28th, AG Morrison filed 19 misdemeanor counts against Tiller. The gist of the charges is that Dr. Neuhaus was not an independent physician, but in fact on Tiller’s payroll and getting kickbacks for every “2nd opinion” she offered.

The wrangling hasn’t ended. As the case headed for trial the presiding judge was found to have received campaign contributions from Tiller himself. Local pro-lifers raised this as a conflict of interest and the case was assigned to a new judge. The new judge is fiercely pro-life and in fact had helped draft the law under which Tiller was being charged. This time the liberals in Kansas media complained and as of today the pro-life judge has recused himself from the case.

Meanwhile, the rats are leaving the sinking ship:

Embattled late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller suffered another setback on Wednesday when pro-life advocates announced that one of his longtime abortion facility employees is quitting her job. Marguerite Reed said she would not be returning to his abortion business if it reopens.

Here’s the thing, pro-choicers. Now that we know babies born at 21 weeks can survive, 2nd and 3rd trimester abortions sound a lot more like infanticide to the general public. Without public toleration of what they’re doing, guys like Tiller are going to be out of business soon.

It’s about time.

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