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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 is reminding us that the confirmation hearings for Kansas’ pro-abortion Governor Kathleen Sebelius are coming up.

Sebelius Confirmation Hearings Set for Tomorrow, Thursday

URGENT! Please Call Your Senator Today!

Washington, DC – Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will testify tomorrow, March 31, at 10:00 am EDT before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to examine her nomination to the cabinet post of Secretary of Health and Human Services. This hearing is a courtesy and no vote will be taken on her nomination at that time.

Sebelius will then appear before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee for examination on Thursday, April 2, at 10:00 AM EDT. They will vote on her confirmation. If the vote is not unanimous, her nomination will then go to the full Senate.

“Gov. Sebelius is unfit to serve as Secretary of HHS because she owes her career to support from the radical the abortion lobby. As HHS Secretary, she will have a platform whereby she can influence abortion policy, which could cost thousands of innocent lives,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The fact that she entertained late-term abortionist George Tiller and his entire abortion clinic staff at the Governor’s mansion, then tried to cover it up, shows that she lacks the good judgment for such an important post.”

“We strongly urge pro-life supporters to phone their Senators today and voice their opposition to Sebelius’ confirmation to the post of HHS Secretary,” said Newman.

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Background on why Sebelius is unfit to serve.

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Operation Rescue reports that Kansas’ pro-abortion Governor has signed the Ultrasound Bill that makes it mandatory for abortion-seeking women to have an ultrasound at least 30 minutes before an abortion procedure.  Statistics prove that, in other States, similar bills reduce the number of aborted babies.

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.” — Jeremiah 1:5a

Ultrasound Bill Signed By Gov. Sebelius

Topeka, KS – Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a bill into law on Friday that will mandate that women seeking abortions be offered to see an ultrasound image of their babies at least 30 minutes before a scheduled abortion.

Operation Rescue Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger testified before a House committee in February in favor of the new legislation. She presented evidence from an Operation Rescue undercover sting investigation that showed Tiller’s staff was intentionally underestimating fetal ages in order to avoid having to comply with the second Kansas physician referral requirement in Kansas law.

Sebelius was under pressure to sign the bill in order to mitigate her extremist support for unrestricted abortion when she appears before the U.S. Senate for confirmation hearings. She has been nominated by President Barrack Obama to serve as Health and Human Services Secretary. Operation Rescue is opposing her confirmation.

“These new restrictions on abortion will do little to solve all of the abuses in the abortion industry, but they will save lives,” said Sullenger. “We know when women are allowed to see images of their pre-born babies, most will not go through with the abortion. We supported this bill because it will save lives and inform women of the humanity of their pre-born children. Without it, children would needlessly die, and it was unacceptable for us to stand idly by and allow that to happen.”

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Operation Rescue reports that, although the criminal trial is over, Abortionist Tiller’s trials continue.

The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts has brought 11 charges against Abortionist Tiller.  If found guilty, Tiller could lose his license to practice abortions.

It’s Not Over: Tiller Charged With 11 Counts By KSBHA

Tiller could still lose his medical license

Wichita, KS – Just after a jury in Sedgwick County, Kansas, returned not guilty verdicts in the criminal case against late-term abortionist George Tiller, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts released to the public a petition it filed in December listing eleven allegations against Tiller’s license.

According to a statement released by the KSBHA, “Violations alleged include performing an abortion on a fetus that was viable without having a documented referral from another physician not legally or financially affiliated with him; unprofessional or dishonorable conduct or professional incompetency; and commitment of acts likely to deceive, defraud or harm the public.”

The KSBHA also indicated that the case they have filed against Tiller is independent from the criminal charges and will proceed in its own merits.

Tiller could have his medical license revoked, suspended, or dramatically restricted, depending on the outcome of the Board’s determination.

In October, 2006, Cheryl Sullenger filed a complaint with the KSBHA alleging an improper financial relationship between Tiller and Neuhaus that violated Kansas law. That complaint was amended in February, 2007. Sullenger has been periodically notified by the Board that her complaint is active and continuing, although no final resolution has been reached.

“As a famous baseball player once said, ‘It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.’ We are encouraged by this news from the KSBHA,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We have never put all our hope in the criminal prosecution and continue to work through a number of avenues to ensure that one day Tiller will be brought to justice.”

Read KSBHA Statement
Read KSBHA Petition
Read about Sullenger’s complaint

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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 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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Operation Rescue is reporting that the Kansas Congress has passed a law that will require abortion mills to provide an ultrasound of the mother’s baby at least 30 mintues before an abortion can begin.  Sebelius vetoed a similar law last year, but this time the law was passed with enough votes to overturn a veto.  Will she still show her pro-abortion colours and veto the bill?  We will know in less than 10 days.

Ultrasound Law Puts Pro-abortion Gov. Sebelius On The Hot Seat

Topeka, KS – Yesterday, the Kansas State Senate passed a bill that would require that women seeking abortions be allowed to see an ultrasound image of their baby at least 30 minutes before the abortion. This bill puts the radical abortion views of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who was recently nominated as Secretary of Health and Human Services, again in the spotlight.

Sebelius vetoed a similar bill last year. However, this time the bill passed both houses with a veto-proof majority. For her to oppose the legislation is to invite a rare veto override and challenge to her political power.

“Sebelius is between a rock and a hard place on this bill,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Operation Rescue’s Senior Policy Advisor who testified before a House committee in favor of the legislation. “If she vetoes it, she underscores her extremist support for unrestricted abortion, even to the point of denying women crucial information about their own pregnancies. That would expose her and diminish her popularity on the national scene. If she signs the law, she betrays her political allies in the powerful abortion lobby. That could damage her future political viability.”

Sullenger presented evidence to the House Federal and State Affairs committee that George Tiller’s late-term abortion clinic in Wichita faked ultrasound measurements to intentionally underestimate fetal ages in order to avoid complying with the Kansas ban on post-viability abortions. [Read OR’s investigative report.]

“We are pleased to have played a small role in helping to pass this bill,” said Sullenger. “The fact that it places Sebelius in a politically awkward situation is icing on the cake for us.”

Tiller is currently facing 19 criminal charges of violating the Kansas late-term abortion law. His trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 23. Tiller’s associations with Sebelius have been a cause of concern among conservatives. In April, 2007, Sebelius hosted a party in honor of Tiller and his entire abortion clinic staff at the Governor’s mansion. Receipts obtained by Operation Rescue show taxpayers footed the bill. Sebelius tried to mitigate the political fall-out from the party by saying it was an auction prize. However, there is not one shred of evidence ever produced by Sebelius to back up her claim.

Sebelius has ten days to sign or veto the bill. If she does neither, the bill will automatically become law.

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