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Operation Rescue reports that the Kansas governor and Obama’s HHS Secretary nominee, Kathleen Sebelius, has vetoed a law that would have required Kansas’ abortionists to give a diagnosis justifying late-term abortions.  The move assists Sebelius’ greatest supporter, Abortionist George Tiller.

Sebelius Flaunts Her Radical Support for Late-term Abortion In Veto Of Reporting Law

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Topeka, KS – Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed a bill late today that would have required abortionists to report the specific reasons for post-viability abortions, reinforcing her reputation as a pro-abortion extremist.

In her veto message, Sebelius falsely attempts take credit for the falling abortion rate in Kansas.

“Abortions have decreased in spite of her, not because of her. Abortions actually started to decline the year Operation Rescue moved our headquarters to Kansas – one full year before Sebelius was elected as governor,” said Operation Rescue Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger. “Her false claims are a slap in the face to the hundreds of pro-life advocates who have worked tirelessly to expose her friend, late-term abortionist George Tiller, and provide help and practical alternatives to abortion-minded women outside Kansas abortion clinics.”

Sebelius’ veto will benefit only one abortionist in the state, and that is her political benefactor George Tiller. The bill would have required him to give the specific diagnosis used to justify a post-viability abortion. Kansas law requires that such abortions can only be done if the continuation of the pregnancy will result in “substantial and irreversible impairment to a major bodily function” of the pregnant woman.

“As it stands, no one can even check to see if Tiller is actually complying with the law,” said Sullenger. “Now Sebelius is helping Tiller continue to conceal the true nature of what is going on at that late-term abortion clinic. She apparently wanted to do Tiller one last favor before heading off to Washington.”

But Sebelius has endangered her recent nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services by underreporting the full amount of campaign contributions she received from Tiller.

Opposition to her nomination continues to grow. Today Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has asked President Obama to withdraw Sebelius’ nomination unless she answers more questions about abortion.

“Michael Steel is hardly an ardent pro-life supporter. The fact that he is now opposing Sebelius really shows how truly radical she is on abortion,” said Sullenger. “It’s a huge embarrassment for the state of Kansas when you look at her and realize that she is too extreme and too short on integrity even for the jaded political environment of Washington, DC.”

Text of Veto Message

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Operation Rescue reports that proof has come out that Abortionist Tiller lied when he took the stand during his trial.  On the stand, Tiller claimed that he performed 250 – 300 abortions last year.  According to Kansas’ records, 464 cases of abortion by Digoxin/Induction were performed last year.  Tiller is the only abortionist in Kansas to use that method.

State Records Prove Tiller Lied About Abortion Numbers, Profits

Tiller’s late-term abortion income alone in 2003 was actually close to $1.2 million

Wichita, KS – Abortion records kept by the Kansas State Department of Health and Environment prove that, during his trial, late-term abortionist George R. Tiller misrepresented the number of post-viability abortions done at his Wichita clinic by nearly 50%.

Tiller took the stand in his own defense against charges he committed illegal abortions in 2003. He testified under oath that between 250 and 300 of the controversial abortions were done by his clinic that year.

However, according to the 2003 KDHE report on abortion numbers, 491 post-viability abortions were done in Kansas that year. Tiller operates the only facility in Kansas that does abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy, and the only one to employ the “Digoxin/Induction” method of abortion, of which there were 464 reported cases that year. (The use of other abortion methods accounts for the discrepancy between the two figures.)

In fact, never in the past ten years has Tiller’s post-viability numbers fallen as low as 250.

“Late-term abortions are Tiller’s bread and butter,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “As a businessman, you can’t tell me that he didn’t know exactly how well his premium service was selling. His paycheck was based on a percentage of the gross sales, and it is inconceivable that he doesn’t know how much money he makes. He wouldn’t be able to stay in business if he were that incompetent of a businessman. “

Tiller’s attorneys successfully objected to questions about Tiller’s total annual income.

“They obviously wanted to keep the truth from the jury about how much money Tiller makes off these very unpopular abortions,” said Newman.

Tiller indicated that the average cost of a post-viability abortion is $6,000. He pockets 38 cents on every dollar generated. Using that average, post-viability abortions conservatively generated over $2.9 million in 2003, with Tiller’s take being close to $1.2 million.

“That much money is plenty of incentive to commit perjury,” said Newman. “And that figure does not take early abortion profits into consideration. Tiller is making a killing off killing babies. With the kind of money changing hands, it is no wonder that Tiller and his attorneys will stoop to any level to keep the dollars rolling in.”

“The KDHE records cast serious doubt on Tiller’s ability to tell the truth,” said Newman. “That is something to keep in mind as he faces inquiries from the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.”

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Operation Rescue has delivered the sad news that Abortionist George Tiller was acquitted of all 19 misdemeanor charges brought against him.

TILLER FOUND NOT GUILTY!

Operation Rescue vows to continue efforts to bring Tiller to justice

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Wichita, KS – Today a jury of three men and three women found George Tiller not guilty on 19 charges of illegal abortions.

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue releases the following statement:

Justice has been denied! Today a jury found late-term abortionist George R. Tiller not guilty of having committed 19 illegal abortions in 2003. While disappointed in the verdict, we at Operation Rescue are not deterred in our commitment to one day bring Tiller to justice. The 19 charges that Tiller faces were only a small fraction of the illegal activity that we believe and have documented that occurs at Tiller’s Wichita abortion clinic. On behalf of the pre-born children wrongly killed by Tiller and his associates, we vow to press on until Tiller is finally held accountable to the law and his late-term abortion mill is permanently closed.

[Listen to audio file of this statement]

Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue releases the following statement:

We must remember that these are the weakest charges that could have been brought by the state. There were thirty criminal charges filed by former Attorney General Phill Kline, which were much stronger that were dismissed on jurisdictional grounds without having been considered on their merits. While we are disappointed by the verdict, we are far from surprised.

We thank Assistant Attorney General Barry Disney for the job that he tried to do. He did the best he could with the hand he was dealt. We wish he had been dealt a stronger hand. We are committed to continuing our efforts to bring Tiller to justice and we are confident that justice will one day prevail.

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Operation Rescue reports that the defense has rested in the trial against Abortionist George Tiller.  Closing arguments are set for tomorrow morning at 9am.

Defense Rests in Tiller Case. Closing Arguments Scheduled For Friday Morning

Wichita, KS – The defense rested in the criminal trial of late-term abortionist George Tiller today. Judge Clark Owens sent the jury home for the day while attorneys for both sides worked in chambers to hammer out the jury instructions that will be presented to the panel of six tomorrow after closing arguments.

Concluding her testimony today was former Tiller attorney Rachel Pirner, whose demeanor under the questioning of Assistant Attorney General Barry Disney was argumentative, and at times obnoxious. Pirner did testify, however, that while the Kansas Board of Healing Arts issued a clarification on the second physician rule, indicating that the second physician had to be a “Kansas” physician, it never issued any ruling or clarification regarding the prohibition on their financial and legal affiliation.

Disney revealed that the Board has filed a “complaint” against Tiller alleging that Tiller had an improper affiliation with Neuhaus. Pirner denied knowledge of that action. She no longer represents Tiller.

After the jury was dismissed, Defense Attorney Lee Thompson made another request for dismissal of the case. Judge Owens indicated that he believed, on legal grounds, that this case must go to the jury on the legal theory that Tiller and Neuhaus were financially affiliated.

“We are calling on all men and women of faith to fervently pray for the next 30 hours that justice will be done,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Prayer vigils will be held this evening, Thursday, March 26, 2009, at Living Word Outreach, located at 3033 S. Hillside in Wichita. There will also be prayer beginning at 8 AM Friday morning at the Sedgwick County Courthouse.

Court resumes on Friday at 9 AM.

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Operation Rescue has more coverage of the trial of Abortionist George Tiller.  Yesterday, he took the stand in his own defense.

Tiller Admits He Personally Profited Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Due to Neuhaus’ Consultations

Unguarded testimony reveals Tiller viewed Neuhaus as a member of his organization.

Wichita, KS – Accused late-term abortionist George Tiller took the stand in his own defense today and testified about his relationship to fellow abortionist Ann Kristin Neuhaus. Tiller is charged with having committed 19 post-viability abortions using Neuhaus even though she was illegally affiliated with him.

Tiller testified that in 1999 the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts began to require that the second referral for post-viability abortions come from a Kansas physician, so that the Board would have jurisdiction over that physician should discipline ever become necessary. He considered challenging the constitutionality of the law in Federal Court.

Tiller testified that on July 21, 1999, he received a call from Larry Buening, who was the Executive Director of the KSBHA at that time. Tiller said that Buening told him, “Why don’t you use Kris Neuhaus and that will take care of all of your problems.”

Tiller admitted that Buening told him not to quote him because he would deny the conversation. The only evidence that the conversation took place was a few scribbled notes in Tiller’s organizational calendar. His notes indicated that Neuhaus as glad to do the consultations because she needed the money, something Neuhaus denied during her testimony.

Tiller’s testimony under the questioning of his attorney, Dan Monnat, seemed well rehearsed and even memorized. But under cross examination by Assistant Attorney General Barry Disney, Tiller appeared to have some difficulty processing the questions and giving extemporaneous responses.

During Disney’s questioning, Tiller first indicated that he relied on what Buening told him as a representative of the KSBHA regarding the second physician law. However he later admitted that he did not exclusively rely on Buening’s word in that 1999 conversation. In fact, after the conversation, he told the court he still had questions about the non-affiliation language in the law and continued to consult with his attorneys about it for several more months. He filtered everything through his attorneys and ultimately relied solely on their advice.

In Kansas, claiming innocence because one relied upon consultations with an attorney is not a valid defense against criminal charges.

Tiller admitted that his relationship with Neuhaus evolved from 1999 when she first began to consult at his clinic, to 2003, the year that is the subject of the criminal charges.

At one point, Tiller began to refer to his relationship with Neuhaus saying, “When she was working for me,“ but quickly issued a correction stating, “when she was providing consultations for patients.”

“I think the first statement was truer than the rehearsed correction,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “In an unguarded moment, he revealed the way he normally considered her relationship to him.”

Another dramatic moment regarding how Tiller actually viewed his affiliation with Neuhaus came when he discussed how long it took to make arrangements for Neuhaus to begin consulting for him.

“When someone new was going to join your organization, it would take time [to set up],” he said.

Tiller testified that he approved the amount of Neuhaus’ consulting fee. She charged $250-300 per consultation.

Tiller admitted that he profited financially by Neuhaus consulting with his patients. He estimated that he did 250-300 post-viability abortions in 2003 at an average cost of $6,000. He said that without Neuhaus’ help, he would not have been able to do those abortions.

He told the court that his overhead is 62% of the fees generated by his clinic. His salary is 38% of the gross income of his clinic. Tiller never said how much money he made from abortions prior to viability.

“Doing the math, Tiller personally made at least $684,000 killing viable babies in 2003, and we don’t know how much he made killing non-viable babies,” said Newman. “But we do know it would be a huge blow to the Tiller income if he were unable to do the late-term abortions for lack of a second Kansas referring physician.”

After Disney’s questioning, Tiller’s attorneys got him off the stand as quickly as possible.

Also testifying were JoAn Armentrout, Tiller’s Administrative Director who was his bookkeeper in 2003, and Rachel Pirner, an attorney who advised Tiller on compliance with the law. Pirner is scheduled to continue testimony on Thursday.

Present in the courtroom was Lou Engle and his wife, who spent most of the time in prayer during Tiller’s testimony. Engle is a national leader in the faith community and is founder of The Call.

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Operation Rescue is continuing their converage of Abortionist George Tiller’s trial.

A Hostile Neuhaus Begrudgingly Admits Details Of Affiliation

Wichita, KS – Abortionist Ann Kristin Neuhaus completed her testimony today in the criminal case of late-term abortionist George Tiller, but not before she began to act out on the stand, forcing Assistant Attorney General Barry Disney to ask that she be declared a hostile witness.

Neuhaus had politely and succinctly answered questions all morning during cross examination by Tiller’s attorney, Dan Monnat. However, her attitude abruptly changed when Disney began to question her from Monnat’s podium.

Disney told the court that he would be questioning her from that podium since Neuhaus seemed to have a better memory of questions asked from there.

“Thanks for the smart remark,” Neuhaus responded.

From there her demeanor went from bad to worse. Her responses to Disney where argumentative and surly, prompting Disney to ask Judge Clark Owens to declare Neuhaus a hostile witness. After consultation over the noon hour, the judge granted Disney’s request, but indicated her designation as a hostile witness would not be shared with the jury.

Disney did manage to establish through Neuhaus’ testimony that she was recruited by Tiller, who consulted with her about the amount of her fee. He then set up a situation where she could only see patients at his request, at times of his determination, in an environment that he controlled. When she did the consultations by telephone, patients paid Tiller’s staff, and they held the cash for Neuhaus until the next time she came to the clinic. The form letter that she signed, referring patients to Tiller for late-term abortions was drafted by Tiller’s attorneys and provided to her by Tiller’s staff.

Disney also established that patients were not free to choose their own second physician, and that Tiller controlled the fact that each patient saw Neuhaus, and only her.

More sparks flew when Disney attempted to question Neuhaus about her discipline with the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. Tiller’s side strenuously objected, but the judge allowed the questioning.
[Read Neuhaus disciplinary documents from the KSBHA 1, 2, 3]

After Neuhaus’s testimony, the prosecution rested.

Seen in court today was Larry Buening, the former executive director of the KSBHA who allegedly told Tiller in 1999 that if he made an arrangement with Neuhaus to provide his late-term abortion referrals, “all of his problems would go away.” Buening resigned in disgrace after a scandal involving reluctance of the Board to discipline dangerous physicians, and allegations of incompetence. Buening was an appointee of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. His wife, Vicki, is Sebelius’ head of Constituent Affairs.

Buening is a long-time associate of Tiller’s and was involved in Tiller’s case with the KSBHA when Tiller was disciplined for drug and alcohol abuse. [Read document] Buening is expected to offer testimony for the defense.

“The more we hear in court, the more shady these people appear. Neuhaus didn’t do herself any favors with her surly attitude. She appeared to be a hyper-paranoid person who lives in constant fear of criminal prosecution,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Please continue to bathe this trail in prayer.”

Court resumes tomorrow at 9 AM. Proceedings are expected to conclude by the end of the week.

We encourage people to listen to the Bott Radio Network for the daily updates provided by Troy Newman. Operation Rescue will continue to post updates during the court breaks at twitter.com/oprescue.

A live feed from the courtroom is available online at www.kwch.com.

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Operation Rescue has posted about the beginning of the trial of abortionist George Tiller.

Tiller Trial Begins With Conflicting Testimony From Abortionist Neuhaus

Wichita, KS – Opening day of Tiller’s trial was marked with repeated motions to dismiss, which were denied, and conflicting testimony from the State’s only witness, abortionist Ann Kristin Neuhaus.

Assistant Attorney General Barry Disney filed a motion asking for Judge Clark V. Owens II to disallow the proposed defense that Tiller was not responsible for violating the law since he consulted with his attorneys. Disney told the judge that his motion was simply asking the defense to comply with the law. The judge agreed that the defense was invalid and that he would likely sustain any objections Disney might make if that defense was used.

During opening arguments, Disney told that jury that Neuhaus was recruited by Tiller and trained by her attorneys. Tiller’s attorneys prepared the referral letter that Neuhaus signed to rubberstamp the late-term abortions. Neuhaus had no private practice in 2003, the time frame from which the charges arose. She saw patients that were scheduled for post-viability abortions by Tiller and his staff. She was paid in cash.

It was also revealed that in 1999, Tiller attempted to challenge the constitutionality of the requirement that the referring physician be licensed in Kansas. The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts had subpoenaed abortion records to insure that he was in compliance. Tiller considered filing a federal law suit in order to challenge the new interpretation of the law and thus avoid having to comply with the subpoena.

At that time, Tiller was allegedly contacted by Kansas Board of Healing Arts Executive Director Larry Buening, a long time friend of Tiller’s. Buening told Tiller not to make a federal case out of this. As a solution, Buening suggested that Tiller make an “arrangement” with Neuhaus to provide his late-term referrals. Tiller immediately called Neuhaus and thus began their relationship. As soon as Tiller notified Buening that Neuhaus would be providing his late-term referrals from then on, Buening withdrew the subpoena.

Monnat admitted that Buening now denies that this conversation took place.

Neuhaus was called as the prosecution’s only witness. Her attitude under Disney’s questioning was somewhat hostile. She lacked memory of any of the important points that Disney tried to make. When she was reminded of her testimony under oath during a statement taken by then Assistant Attorney General Stephen Maxwell, she made excuses for the discrepencies by saying that she was defensive and felt attacked by Maxwell, therefore she could not remember.

However, her memory seemed sharp when Tiller attorney Dan Monnet questioned her, and her attitude shifted to one that was more cooperative.

Disney had told the jurors that excuses are not a defense, and Neuhaus seemed to have unlimited excuses for not remembering anything. This could be problematic for her since she was promised immunity from prosecution only if she told the truth.

“It was obvious that Neuhaus was lying,” said Newman. “We believe that will be obvious to the jury as well. It isn’t over, but I remind Christians to continue to pray at this critical time.”

Neuhaus will continue her testimony tomorrow.

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