Friday, June 29, 2007

Wichita Late - Term Abortionist Tiller Charged With 19 Criminal Counts (Updated)

Wichita's late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller could face up to 19 years in prison for performing illegal abortions. After dropping all of the charges against Planned Parenthood and some of those against Tiller, Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison says the case isn't over.

Morrison announced that he is filing 19 misdemeanor charges against Tiller because he used a second physician that was not financially or legally unassociated with him, as required by law.

Like most people, I find this interesting, but am guarded in my feelings about the outcome.

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman expresses similar concerns:

"While we are happy that charges are being filed against Tiller, we are guarded about this because we believe that these charges are the weakest against Tiller. There is now a pattern of illegal activity by abortionist Tiller and Kline’s investigation is proven to have merit."

He added:

“Now, because we have charges on the 2003 records, we insist that Morrison subpoena the 2004 and 2005 abortion records. Furthermore, in order for justice to be done, the criminal late-term abortion charges against Tiller, as supported by Psychiatrist Dr. Paul McHugh must be reinstated."

Is this simply a slap on the wrist for Tiller, another bizarre situation in which his attorneys and blood money pals will get him off scott free again, or will it actually lead to real consequences?

Stay tuned for more...

*** Update: Tiller Associate Cut Immunity Deal In Illegal Abortion Case Ann Kristen Neuhaus struck a deal for limited immunity with former Attorney General Phill Kline in exchange for her cooperation in his investigation against the notorious abortionist George R. Tiller. The current State Attorney General, Paul Morrison, is honoring the agreement in a case filed Thursday charging Tiller with 19 criminal counts based on abortion records obtained by Kline from a three-month period in 2003.

In exchange for immunity, Neuhaus gave statements under oath that spoke of her involvement in Tiller’s late-term abortion practice. According to Kansas law, two doctors who are financially and legally unaffiliated, must agree that a pregnant woman faces “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function” before an abortion after 21 weeks can be done. Neuhaus provided that second opinion for Tiller’s late-term abortions [more]

Jill Stanek has more here.

1 comment:

GrannyGrump said...

I'd like to know why it took people who are supposedly bright enough to work for the AG all these months to notice what OR had been pointing out long before they even picked up their first file: That Kristin Neuhaus had signed off on every one of those abortions.

How dumb are we supposed to believe they are, that this eluded them for that long when they'd been told about it at the outset?

Call me cynical, but I'm guessing it took that long to notice because it took that long to come up with a plan that would make Morrison look like he was taking the thing seriously whle also allowing Tiller to come out smelling like roses.