Operation Rescue Releases Powerful Evidence Of Illegal-Late Term Abortions at Kansas Abortion Mill

OR calls on New Kansas AG to reopen Tiller investigation

[Below is a report on evidence gathered by Operation Rescue in their investigation of late-term abortions at George R. Tiller’s Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, KS. This report was released to the public at a press conference held on Monday, January 21, 2008.]

Operation Rescue has long had reason to believe that late-term abortionist George R. Tiller has been violating Kansas law that prohibits post-viability abortions except under the strictest conditions. Over the past two years, Operation Rescue conducted an investigation into post-22 week abortions at Tiller’s Women’s Health Care Services. This report will discuss the findings of that investigation and release never-before seen evidence that abortions of questionable legality are continuing at Tiller’s Wichita abortion mill, Women’s Health Care Services.

Before before that evidence and be properly discussed, some background information is required to put the evidence into context.

The Law

Kansas law, passed in 1998, bans prohibits abortions after 22 weeks when the baby is viable. K.S.A. 65-6703(a) 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.

After the passage of this law, there was some public debate about whether or not “a major bodily function” stated in the law included mental health risks. While the authors of the bill argued that it did not, former Attorney General Carla Stovall released her opinion in 2000 that, in order to pass constitutional muster, the law must include mental health exceptions as long as the mental health risks were “substantial and irreversible.”

Abortions that take place after the 21st week of gestation must be reported to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDH&E) that, according to statute, must contain the “reason and basis” for each abortion. According to KDH&E records, no abortion past 22 weeks has ever been done to save the life of the mother since K.S.A. 65-6703 was passed.

Full text of K.S.A. 65-6703
Attorney General Opinion No. 2000-20 issued by Carla Stovall, March 21, 2000
KDH&E Abortion Reports


Criminal Charges Pending, Further Investigation Denied

Operation Rescue’s investigation revealed what we believed was a violation of the “unaffiliated physician” clause in K.S.A. 65-6703. In August, 2006, OR discovered and published information that abortionist Ann Kristin Neuhaus was providing the second signature for nearly every abortion after 22 weeks at WHCS. Our information was validated in June, 2007, when Attorney General Paul Morrison charged Tiller with 19 counts of violating this very provision of the law, indicating that Tiller and Neuhaus were “in cahoots” to provide late-term abortions.

Read Kansas v. Tiller 07CR2112

However, those charges were based on only 19 abortions that took place over a four-month time-span in 2003. Operation Rescue staff had witnessed Neuhaus at WHCS as late as early 2007, indicating that literally hundreds of illegal abortions may have been committed between 2004 and 2007. Nevertheless, Attorney General Morrison and District Attorney Nola Foulston have refused to investigate to determine if there were further violations of the law during those years even though there is every reason to believe crimes were committed.

In light of the facts that Foulston has ties to Tiller and that Morrison has been accused of attempting to illegally influence a criminal case against Tiller filed by former Attorney General Phill Kline, Operation Rescue is calling on new Attorney General Stephen Six to reopen the investigation of George Tiller and fully examine his late-term abortion practices from 2004 through the present.

“Grand Jury Leaves Unanswered Questions in Abortion Death,” August 17, 2006

Dr. Paul McHugh’s incriminating interview

In June, 2007, Operation Rescue was present at the recording of an interview with Dr. Paul McHugh, a highly respected expert in the field of psychiatry. Dr. McHugh had been asked to review abortion records subpoenaed from WHCS at the request of former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, who had been investigating illegal abortions.

During the interview, Dr. McHugh indicated that all of the records examined by him contained information about post-22 week abortions, and that WHCS abortionists had justified each abortion on vague “mental health” reasons. Dr. McHugh stated that he found no case where an abortion was legally justified on psychiatric grounds. Dr. McHugh’s determinations were, in part, the basis for 30 criminal charges filed by Kline against Tiller in December, 2006. While those charges were dismissed on jurisdictional grounds, two judges agreed that there was probable cause to believe Tiller violated the law, and the question of the legality of those alleged criminal abortions has never been addressed.

Listen to McHugh Interview and read the transcript.
Read Kansas v. Tiller Case no. 06CR2961

Tiller’s web site raises questions

In fact, Tiller’s own web site boasts, “We have an unparalleled record of safey [sic] in late abortion services and we have more experience in late abortion services over 24 weeks than anyone else currently practicing in the Western Hemisphere, Europe and Australia.” Tiller’s web site also indicates the existence of a program for “Late Abortion Care For Fetal Anomaly.” However, “fetal anomaly” is not an accepted exemption to the ban on post-viability abortions, which has led to questions about the legality of this program.

Read Tiller’s boasting about post-24 week abortion experience
Read about Tiller’s program to abort babies with fetal anomalies
Read Tiller’s report about fetal anomaly abortions

Anecdotal Evidence Establishes a Pattern of Abuse

Some of the information examined by OR was in the form of anecdotal evidence. This evidence included:

-E-mail communications with women who had abortions at WHCS and shared their stories with us
-Testimonies of pro-life sidewalk advisors who personally spoke with women entering WHCS for late-term abortions
-Medical Records of late abortions at WHCS that have been released to Operation Rescue by the women who had the abortions.
-News stories about women who had late-term abortions at WHCS

The stories told to us by women who were late-term abortion patients at WHCS indicates that these women did not believe that they were receiving abortions because their lives were in danger or that they would suffer a “permanent and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function” if they continued their pregnancies. These women believed they were getting abortions because their pre-born babies suffered from fetal anomalies, had financial hardships, or for other reasons not included as valid exemptions to the law banning late abortions. That would make those abortions illegal according to K.S.A. 65-6703.

These stories indicate a pattern of abusing the law and emphasize the need to inspect medical records to substantiate the claims of illegal abortions.

Read E-mail Communications
Read Dated Reports from Sidewalk Advisors
Read Abortion Medical Record, Record Release, and Narrative of complaint to the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
“A Late Decision, A Lasting Anguish” by Stephanie Simon, LA Times, May 31, 2005.

Late abortions continue

It soon became apparent that late-term abortions of questionable legality were continuing at WHCS even after the pending criminal charges were filed as eye-witnesses who spent hours each week offering help to women outside WHCS began reporting that late-term abortions for dubious causes had resumed after a summer hiatus.

“Charges Fail To Stop Illegal Late-term Abortions In Kansas” July 29, 2007

“Every picture tells a story”

Operation Rescue conducted a covert investigation to document the fact that the most extreme of late-term abortions were continuing to take place at WHCS.

The photographs below were taken with a telescopic digital camera from an undisclosed location east of Women’s Health Care Services, which is located at 5107 E. Kellogg (south east corner of Kellogg and Bleckley) in Wichita, Kansas. The photos depict abortion patients entering WHCS between September 4, 2007 and November 13, 2007.

Two photos are presented on the following page to put the patient photos into a context and perspective.

While we do not pretend to know the exact stage of pregnancy of any of the abortion patients shown below, we believe that it would be hard to look at the photos, coupled with other antidotal evidence, and not suspect that illegal late-term abortions may be occurring. These incidents require further investigation by law enforcement agencies or a grand jury.

Context Photo 1: This photo puts the rear of Tiller’s Women’s Health Care Services into context. It is the long tan building in the foreground, located at 5107 E. Kellogg (southeast corner of Kellogg and Bleckley) in Wichita, KS. The WHCS entry door is on the right. The Davis Moore auto dealership is clearly visible to the west of the clinic, and the major street at the top of the photo is Kellogg. This picture was snapped facing the northwest.

Context Photo 2: This is a photo of a typical woman at 22 weeks gestation. This photo is for comparison purposes. The woman depicted was not a patient of WHCS.

Photos of WHCS Patients #1-13 taken between September 4, 2007 and November 13, 2007

Conclusion

It is obvious that the abortions well past the 22-week gestational limit continue at Women’s Health Care Services.

Tiller currently faces 19 criminal charges of committing illegal late-term abortions, and Operation Rescue is confident hundreds of additional abortions were committed from 2004-2007 under the same illegal partnership between Tiller and Neuhaus. An additional 30 charges that two judges agreed should proceed to trial were dismissed, but were never disproved. These 49 criminal accusations prove that Operation Rescue is not alone in believing that Tiller is violating the law.

Evidence has been is presented here from abortion patients, eye-witness accounts, newspaper stories, and statements from an expert in the field of psychology, that indicate post-viability abortions are continuing at WHCS even though the life of the mother is not at risk, and health of the mother, including her mental health, is not in jeopardy of suffering “substantial and irreversible impairment.”

This, coupled with photographic evidence that indicates that women in the latest-stages of pregnancy continue to receive abortions at WHCS, leads Operation Rescue to believe that there has been a gross disregard of the law.

This evidence is compelling must be fully investigated and prosecuted. At the very least, the abortion records from the dates of the sidewalk advisors’ reports and the dates on the photos of WHCS taken by Operation Rescue must be subpoenaed and examined. The consequences of turning a blind eye to the overwhelming evidence showing a pattern of criminal conduct at WHCS are “substantial and irreversible.” They are measured in the lost lives of viable babies that should have had the protection of law, and injured women who have required emergency hospitalization, including one maternal death, due to late-abortion complications – abortions that the law clearly prohibits.

This evidence demands a verdict.

  • Sarah

    It is heartbreaking to see these pics of women with their beautiful swollen tummies going into that place of death…I think of their little babies, curled up, warm and happy in their mother’s wombs…listening to the soothing sounds of their mother’s voices, and her heartbeats…while their moms schedule their children for death. AWFUL!!!!

    whatever happened with that girl who was having a baby boy, did the baby have dwarfism?

  • Francis Kuhn

    Yep,

    More babies being slaughtered. Murder most foul!!!

    TO:
    The Politicians who voted in favor of the abortion laws.
    You have blood on your hands.

    TO:
    The Courts, Judges, and Lawyers who defend Abortionists. You have Blood on your Hands.

    To:
    The Pro-Choice and Planned Family Followers.
    You have Blood on your Hands.

    God Alone has the sole Power over life and death.

    Take careful note:
    THOU SHALT NOT KILL

  • Alayna Staggers (Nurse)

    This is DEFINITELY SAD TO SEE the lack of caring and love these women have for their own babies, especially at the stage where the baby is kicking and moving around in syncrony with mom’s activities: the bonding stage, where most real mom’s feel “so much in love with their child.” I notice several people wearing stripes and red; are they feeling condemnation? Cold and callous is the world we live in with a lot of stupid people who are unaware of the repercussions of what they are doing. We must not give up on these precious lives which need our protection. What hope does a child have without a “mother’s love?” Someone has to care.

  • Stephanie

    In photos #12-#13, these women were clearly beyond seven months gestation. How many thousands of couples would have taken those children, even if they had “defects”. How in heaven’s name can a women carry a child for seven or eight months, feel it squirm and kick, and then take their child to a butcher? I have been pondering this subject for months, and I’ve come to the conlusion that the God given maternal instincts that are placed within women are being stripped away. We live in a culture of self adoration. It’s all about “me” is the theme of the day, and anyone who anything that gets in “my way” will be crushed. Hedonism is the root of this evil.

  • Nalani

    It is a bitter place we have entered – to be a woman who is post abortive I know the confusion and panic women can go through before choosing such a drastic procedure as abortion. Those women need our compassion and love but even more they need the love of Jesus. I deeply and profoundly regret my abortion – there are no words to describe the sorrow other than to say I would lay down my life for my baby now. My eyes have been opened to the forgiveness I have through Jesus Christ. I take full responsibility for what I did but I know there was a generational practice of sin that played a major role in my decision to walk through that “door of death”. I terminated the pregnancy early, long before I could feel my baby moving – yet the size of the life does not determine importance – these are human beings from the moment of conception – God’s image bearers and that is sacred. We, as a nation, are on a collision course with merciless violent people as we insist on remaining apathetic and bent on our personal “rights” which is really only covering a sinister disregard for life. It won’t stop with abortion – the disabled, the elderly, those that are not regarded as important enough or beautiful enough will be discarded. We’re teaching the next generation to not care, that life is not important, as long as abortion is the law of the land, that is our message as a country. History does repeat itself and we, as the body of Christ need to be the voice of justice for those who can not speak. Thank you for your faithfulness to protecting the unborn. Nalani

  • Elena

    It`s the most terrible death in the world- to be killed by your mother…I`m from Russia, and I don`t know why such “people loving” America can do this with her own future…with HER BABIES!!! It must be stopped!!!

  • Matthew P. Potts

    This abortion holocaust is silent MURDER that has worked behind the scenes for years. I pray diligently for the unborn and gratefully salute all Pro-Life advocates for your diligence in fighting the good fight. It is your prayers and work that are holding our nation together. These murderers will face judgement for their evil deeds, but till that time they’ll live with their SIN. As Soldiers we’ve seen great misery in the lands of Iraq and Afghanistan. Oh how we in America do not realize what we have at our fingertips in raising a child.

    Matthew Potts
    Soldier of the United States

  • Spenny

    Through education, graphic visualisation and the truth of what REALLY happens during and after abortion procedures will self-realisation ever prevail. Please bring your truth-truck’s to the UK !! Clever marketing by abortion providers cartels keeps the cash rolling-in. The people who carry out these abortions I wonder how they ever sleep at night. For me (a 36 year old male living in the UK) two of my partners have previously had abortions (not my children terminated but those of ex-partners/ husbands before my time) and both live with the consequences and regret every single-day. Pregnant women need lots of love and support which, is sometimes overlooked by male partners. In my view, no woman ever really fully recovers from having an abortion.

  • Mary LaFrancis RN retired

    TILLER’S PLACE OF DEATH IS TRULY ONE OF SATAN’S HEADQUARTERS WITH IT’S GROUNDS SOAKED WITH THE BLOOD OF SO MANY LITTLE MARTYRS!

    THE VISIONS MEMORIES OF MY BEING THERE ON THE SIDEWALKS HAUNT ME!

    It must become a holy place and only our prayers and efforts will make it happen!
    Evil flourishes when good men do nothing.

    PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN SUPPORT OPERATION RESCUE AND THE SOLDIERS IN THIS BATTLE!
    GOD BLESS YOU!

    Mary in Fairfield, Iowa

  • Melissa

    I can testify that you never recover from killing your own child. No matter what the reason, it is based on total selfishness. You can tell youself and others what ever lame excuse dreamed up. It boils down to one letter “i” and it fits neatly between the letters “S” and “N”…

    LIFE begins at conception.

  • Really did Tiller think he was going to continue to break the law and not get caught? We as pro-life people need to watch for these things.

  • kelli ann

    These women sicken me.

  • amanda

    Gosh these things put tears in my eyes.
    To look at a delicate new-born baby and wonder at the evils of killing such a beautiful thing as new life. As if ther isn’t enough death already in the world.
    Its sick, as a woman I couldn’t kill my own child, even if I had fell preganant because I was raped…… I couldn’t. Although I have this veiw mainly because I am a christian. A baby is so helpless though, and defenceless. Its truely heartbreaking such inocent and such defenceless human-beings are murdered in cold blood and don’t even have a funeral. I was once a few cells multiplying that dus not make me less human at all!
    Abortion……..
    Its purely heart breaking.

  • John

    We will always have EVIL in the world. I want eveyone who is shocked by these people to be able to truly accept that EVIL exists and dont be shocked, you should put your energy to FIGHTING THIS…. This is NO different that mothers and fathers who beat and drown their children to death…NO DIFFERENT…We must try to fight EVIL from the root, but FIRST we must as a nation come together to CONDEM ABORTION at ANY STAGE while we also fight the ROOT issue which is a LACK OF LOVE and GOD in our lives

  • Peggy Murphy

    yes I see how far along they are. Its real obvious Tiller has no conscience.

  • Alayna Staggers (Nurse)

    Do these pregnant moms really know what they are going to have to go through? They need an up-close video of what actually goes on from beginning to end. Not just an ultrasound of the baby but an actual version from the abortionist’s angle of vision where he is pulling the baby out piece by piece and the final results placed in view for the pregnant mom to see. She also needs to be able to observe the painful distress expressed on the patient’s face, the intensity of the situation, and the results of the dead baby. We are not pulling a tooth, we are “extracting a baby!” Ladies, if you are casually walking around approaching the abortionist’s office nonchalently, I guarantee you will not come out in the same manner. The trauma will follow you forever!
    I don’t think the graphic images are enough to put a scare into these young girls who have been led to believe abortion is no big deal. If images of dead babies don’t inhibit them, maybe the painful,process they will have to endure all propped up in the lithotomy position with a doctor inserting deadly utensils into their insides will scare them enough to run the other way!

  • I think what the Doctor is doing is criminal which means his lady friend is aiding and abedding a criminal. Thats not permissable behavior for someone in office. Why doesn’t someone bring charges against her for aiding and abedding criminal actions?

  • moopad

    Does OR have photos of these woman leaving the clinic? I am just worried because the Mill also provides healthcare besides abortion, so OR will have to prove that these woman were indeed being seen for an abortion not other health care.
    When Tiller goes down there needs to be solid proof (like the interviews exc.) that late terms are being done.