Groups Submit Petitions Calling for a Grand Jury to Investigate Abortion Death

Wichita, KS — A grassroots coalition delivered petitions to the District Court in Sedgwick County, Kansas, yesterday, asking for a Grand Jury to convene to investigate abortionist George R. Tiller in the death of Christin Gilbert last year.

The group turned in 7,742 signatures, over three times the number required by law, after a short ceremony under rainy skies at the Sedgwick County Court House. Along with the petitions, the group submitted a packet of documentation for the consideration of the Grand Jury.

During the ceremony, two women injured by abortion told of their support for the Grand Jury investigation. One of the women, Linda Cramer, told of her horrific botched abortion experience at the hands of Tiller, and how Tiller employees intimidated her through calls and e-mails last year as she was about to testify before a State Senate committee about the need for clinic regulations.

Although this event was the first story related to the third-trimester abortion death of Christin Gilbert to be covered by all the local media, none mentioned Cramer’s remarks.

The gathering of about 75 supporters also were shown a 7 minute video presentation about Gilbert’s life and the need for the Grand Jury investigation, which was played on Operation Rescue’s new Video Truth Truck, on a large screen the size of the entire back panel of the truck.

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman presented a statement of support from one of Christin Gilbert’s extended family members who is backing the petition drive.

The District Court will now deliver the petitions to the election commission, which will verify the signatures. Once verified, the Grand Jury will be convened and the District Attorney will appoint a prosecutor. It will have three months to conduct its investigation and determine if indictments will be issued.

“All we are asking for is an impartial investigation into the death of Christin Gilbert by people not associated with George Tiller professionally, politically, or socially,” said Newman. “The so-called investigation by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts that supposedly ‘cleared’ him was so tainted by cronyism and the appearance of impropriety that it is hard for honest people to take it seriously.”

KSBHA Director Larry Buening and his wife, Vicki, are both political appointees of pro-abortion Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who has received large campaign contributions from Tiller.

Grand Jury efforts convened through the petition process have recently been successful in Kansas. One such effort calling for an investigation into pornography businesses netted an indictment last year.

Organizations that worked with the Justice for Christin Coalition were the Kansas Coalition for Life, Kansans For Life, and Operation Rescue.

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  • At a NAF meeting about medical malpractice, an attorney gave hints on how to frighten, intimidate, and harrass women into dropping their lawsuits. Though she didn’t enjoy the task. She didn’t like “beating the shit out of this woman”, as she put it.

    But evidently she, and others like her, don’t find it distasteful enough to stop doing it.

  • Teddi

    I just caught this headline on the front page of Yahoo!

    Keep up the good work OR!

  • Lime5

    “Do you treat, care for, and help a sick or disabled person, or do you kill him? Do you measure the value of a person’s life in money? Or in utilitarian usefulness? The cost to society to care for all the physically and mentally handicapped among us is but a tiny fraction of the cost to society for the morally deformed among us. Professor Jerome Lejeune, discoverer of the chromosomal pattern of Down’s syndrome once related to us a story he had heard from a geneticist colleague which illustrates this well:

    “Many years ago, my father was a Jewish physician in Braunau, Austria. On one particular day, two babies had been delivered by one of his colleagues. One was a fine, healthy boy with a strong cry. His parents were extremely proud and happy. The other was a little girl, but her parents were extremely sad, for she was a Mongoloid baby. I followed them both for almost fifty years. The girl grew up, living at home, and was finally destined to be the one who nursed her mother through a very long and lingering illness after a stroke. I do not remember her name. I do, however, remember the boy’s name. He died in a bunker in Berlin. His name was Adolf Hitler.”
    — J.C. Willke, “Why Can’t We Love Them Both” (an excellent read on many aspects of induced abortion, available online at