Abortion Clinic Investigations Are A Matter Of Life Or 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. This loose interpretation of the law allows for a symbiotic relationship to exist between Neuhaus and Tiller who both financially benefit from the other. Tiller would not be able to do late-term abortions without Neuhaus’ stamp of approval, and Neuhaus would not have access to Tiller’s patients’ fees without his agreement and the space he provides for her at his abortion clinic every week. The KSHBA interpretation of the “non-affiliation” clause does violence to the plain language of the legislation and ignores the obvious affiliation of the two.

According to a confidential source inside the grand jury that investigated Tiller in the abortion death of Christin Gilbert, Neuhaus was asked if there was ever an abortion that she did not sign off on. Instead of responding, she took the Fifth Amendment to avoid self-incrimination. For the sake of clarity, a “yes” answer would have not required the invocation of the Fifth Amendment.

Of the arrangement between Neuhaus and Tiller, the grand jury source said, “It was wishy-washy to be honest with you.”

The grand jury requested the documents from Neuhaus that specified which major bodily function of Gilbert’s would have suffered “substantial and irreversible impairment” by continuation of the pregnancy.

Prosecutor Ann Swegle told the grand jury that it would take “an act of God” to get those documents, and they were never produced.

In fact, Tiller is fighting “tooth and nail” against the Attorney General’s records request, which was granted by a judge who determined that there was “probable cause” to believe that the laws had been violated. Why the resistance to legally obtained subpoenas?

It has already been mentioned that privacy issues are a red herring since the identities of the women were not requested. Tiller’s own web site notified patients that their names would be turned over to his political action committee, ProKanDo, for fundraising purposes, casting serious aspersions on the sincerity of Tiller’s concern for patient privacy. That notice became the subject of public questions concerning his privacy practices, and has since been taken down.

It is the belief of Kansans for Truth In Politics that Tiller resists the inspection of his late-term abortion records because he knows that many of his abortions were done in violation of K.S.A. 65-6703(a). One family came forward and told Operation Rescue that the abortion of their daughter was solely because she had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. The mother later gave birth to another child that also had cystic fibrosis. The mother’s health was not impaired in any way by the birth. On Tiller’s own website, he refers specifically to his “Late Abortion Care for Fetal Anomaly” program. There is no exception for fetal anomaly in the Kansas post-viability abortion ban.

Tiller and Neuhaus run a very profitable late-term abortion operation. If law enforcement were to review the subpoenaed records to which K.S.A. 65-6703(a) applied, they would likely be found in violation of that law and face criminal penalties for conspiring to commit and/or the commission of illegal late-term abortions.

Why has the KSBHA been defensive of the Tiller-Neuhaus relationship? Could it be that they have looked the other way so long on this matter that they understand that they are now culpable for allowing these illegal post-viability abortions?

This is a classic case of butt-covering by Tiller, Neuhaus, the pro-abortion District Attorney’s office, and the KSBHA.

A judge has ruled there is probable cause to believe that Tiller is violating the law. A grand jury was prevented from accessing documents that may have proved that Tiller is violating the law. The KSBHA now must reinvent the English language in order to deny that Tiller and Neuhaus have violated the law.

Now comes Democrat Paul Morrison, who is running for the office of Kansas Attorney General. He has promised to halt all investigations currently underway involving abortion clinics and promises to drop the request for medical records in those investigations that may confirm criminal activity.

If this is done, it will be a gross miscarriage of justice, and will simply enable further defiance of Kansas laws, at the risk of women and lives their viable pre-born babies that the laws are meant to protect.

The issue of abortion clinic investigations is literally one of life and death. Let the Attorney General’s investigation continue. If there is nothing improper, then the investigation will determine that, and Tiller and his cohorts will be off the hook. But if there are violations of the law, let those also come to light so that justice can finally be done.

  • dude im no1 to blame u i dont mis judge u only u can … but wow u should of thought of that in the 1st place !!
    also u should of thought that ur mother never did that to u she had the chance to think the same way u thought but she didnt kause she knoes you were a gift send down from heaven !! and poor like gurl she could of had the chance to see the really world but u took that way from her !!! u should really think of how stupid u r that little gurl would of help u out in something that u didnt have !it doesnt matter wat u were going throw !!she had a reason to live all i could say is that god could only help u and juged u not any1 but god

    GOD BLESS U SIS !!!

  • amanda

    abortion isnt right the bible says that “injustice to the week” will cause someone to not enter the kingdom and if you arent religious know that babies are full humans never abort them because the courts define them as “not a complete human” and remember in the 1800s african americans suffered from the same sort of problem. they were beaten and enslaved because the courts defined them as “not a complete human”

  • Bev

    Hi Im 44 & at 42 found myself single, pregnant with 2 small girls. I chose to continue my pregnancy (& the babys life) The baby does not choose to be made, but it sure deserves the right, once conception has occured, to grow safely, in her nice cosy, warm & cuddly place she has called her home 4 the next 9 months. The family court goes on & on about the best interests & rights of the CHILD despite the parents, so why not include the rights & safety of the child in utero?? Also something needs to be done about the law re killing a pregnant woman. I hate it when the murderer is only charged with ONE murder! What is that?

  • dam i really cant believe some of these ignorant people! where has the love gone! how can you murder something you created! presious babies are being killed everyday!!! that baby you killed would of loved you! called you mommi and admire you! i dont think a diese is a reason to terminate a pregancy! you people are selfish! a baby is not created on its own! open you eyes america!!! GOD GIVE THESE IGNORANT WOMEN BRAINS TO DECIDE FOR THE BETTER OF EVERYONE!

  • Michelle

    Abortion is a choice… Nothing any person does is for another on this world to judge. Have any of you considered that you are trying to make others decisions for them based on some gruesome pictures. We don’t post angry, judgmental statements on surgical sites displaying kidneys and tonsils. Perhaps because those don’t have hands??? The news every night is filled with murdered, abused, neglected children. Most belong to a sector of society who could not afford abortion if it was even available… if you can’t afford an abortion, how can you afford to raise a child?? And it simply stupid to say “if you don’t want a child, don’t have sex..” that’ll never happen and everyone knows it. I’m really shocked that anyone would say that a woman should have to give birth to a rape baby. So, that’s to say it isn’t her choice although it wasn’t even her choice to have sex? WHAT??? Wow we are more senseless and uncaring than I ever thought we could be. I agree adoption is a choice too. I have an adopted daughter. But THEY ARE BOTH CHOICES. And it is also your choice to hate abortion, but no one is going to force you to get one, OK?

  • i think it is wrong i got to kids i ant plan and ant had a abortion but they mine and i got to love and rais them right

  • it is messed up

  • crystal leopold

    i think that when god wants you to have a child he is giving that child tha gift of life and you tha gift of a baby, its a big responsibility but if u cant handle it then u no there are adoption agencys or other people that will take care of them for u, there is no reason to kill an innocent child and no excuse, if a newborn baby were killed you would call it murder and u would say who ever killed that child was sick and deserves life in prision or death, but honestly wut is tha difference between that and obortions, there are now obortions at as far as 8-9 months that is a tha same as a newborn, regardless of how old tha child is u are still murdering an innocent child that god gave u as a gift and as someone to care for! its wrong and selfish and i just pray that some day more people will realize what there doing by killing off tha future, and by taking tha life of an innocent child that just needed someone to care.

  • I am 21 years of age and I have have 3 children a 1yr old
    and a set of 6month old twins. I can’t sit here and judge ppl on
    previous comments or decisions but the choice that you make is
    yours!! You have to live with that!!! My mother suggested it to me
    with my second pregnancy but I said NO!! I was already battling
    with my demons and I couldn’t see myslef self doing it. I wanted to
    face my responsibilities because they didn’t ask to be here. I
    didnt care what anyone said I was keepin my child and shortly
    after, I found out that they were my twins whom I love so very
    much. Yes its very hard at times I get frustrated and even
    depressed but I never give up no matter what anyone may say I can
    live with the decisions I made. Only God can judge so the only
    thing I will say is that you have to live with that choice and may
    God bless you in whatever future decisions you guys may make!!
    PEACE

  • sarah

    I feel as if it is wrong to abort a baby 7 months into a pregnancy. That baby is alive and kicking! however i do believe that when it is early, its up to the woman. No one should take away someones right to have an abortion. it is a very personal issue that is no one else’s business but the woman who has it. she will have to live with the guilt. she will have to deal with the pain of knowing that her actions have consequences. the people on here that are NOT for abortion and specifically “shorty” up above my comment are ridiculous. girl learn how to spell. you probably want to keep your baby because you can get more welfare money.

  • Jay

    She made a choice to free a child from a life of suffering, pain and death. The disease is uncureable, it’s painful and it’s got a mortality rate of 100%. Late abortions, I disagree with, but at least this beautiful child won’t have to grow up and suffer, then die a very painful death. Did you ever think that maybe she wanted the baby, but it was sick? Do you think that maybe this was a painful thing for the mother to endure? You don’t know how she feels about this, so none of you have a right to judge her.

  • Natalie

    I had an abortion when I was 21 years old & have deeply regretted it ever since. I am still having psychotic episodes, thinking that Satan is coming to get me because I am a bad, evil person. I am now blessed to have 2 beautiful kids, but I will never forget the first one that I aborted. I know that it was a life that I chose to end. At the time, I was in massive denial about that fact. On most days, I know that Jesus has forgiven me, but I still don’t think it was OK, and I will never say that abortion is acceptable! I have looked at an 8-week-old fetus (the age my child was when aborted), & he/she already had the beginnings of an outer ear! If that’s not human, what is?