Monday, September 25, 2006

Via Operation Rescue: Abortion Clinic Investigations Are A Matter Of Life Or Death

George Tiller, Late-term abortionist
AKA "America's Doctor of Death"

[We wanted to run this article for informational purposes. It exposes the need for the investigations of KS abortion clinics to continue. For many pre-born, viable children, these investigations may be literally a matter of life or death. -OR Staff]

By Cheryl Sullenger Chairperson, Kansans for Truth In Politics

Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline has been under fire in the media for his efforts to access abortion clinic medical records in an investigation of concealment of child rape and illegal late term abortions. Opponents of Kline’s investigations focus on the “privacy” of such medical records.

But the privacy issue is merely a smokescreen – a slight of hand maneuver to divert the public’s attention from the true issue at hand, and that is that Kansas abortion clinics operate in a universe of their own making, totally separate from the laws that apply to all others, and in doing so flagrantly violate those laws on a consistent basis.

Kline has never sought the identities of the women involved, so the privacy argument is simply a red herring.

Instead, he has requested information from those records related to K.S.A. 65-6703(a), which states, “No person shall perform or induce an abortion when the fetus is viable unless such person is a physician and has a documented referral from another physician not legally or financially affiliated with the physician performing or inducing the abortion and both physicians determine that: (1) The abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the pregnant woman; or (2) a continuation of the pregnancy will cause a substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.”

Viability, as defined by this statute is 22 weeks gestation or more.

In light of this law, abortionist George Tiller’s arrangement with former abortionist Kristin Neuhaus raises red flags. Neuhaus travels from Lawrence, Kansas, every week to interview Tiller’s late-term abortion patients and sign off on them as the second physician required by K.S.A. 65-6703(a). She receives compensation directly from each patient, an arrangement the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts considers adequate separation in order to avoid the ban on second opinions from doctors “not legally or financially affiliated” with the abortionist. [More]

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