Operation Rescue Will Oppose Long-Shot Efforts to Bring Abortion To Wichita

Wichita, KS – As rumors swirl in the news about new efforts to open an abortion clinic in Wichita in the next year, Kansas, Operation Rescue continues to successfully thwart long-shot efforts by two competing groups.

“Do not underestimate the resolve of the pro-life movement in Kansas to keep Wichita abortion-free,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. Operation Rescue is headquartered in Wichita.

“In fact, we are committed to making Kansas the first abortion-free state. It is more likely that every abortion clinic in Kansas will have to close in the next year than it is for any of the current efforts to succeed in opening a new abortion clinic.”

“We know the people involved in trying to open up abortion clinics in Wichita. They are big on bravado, but very little on substance. Their plans are not remotely realistic. One abortionist, Mila Means, lacks training and admits to being a poor financial manager. In fact, her personal and financial history is a train wreck. The other effort is led by Julie Burkhart, who was fired by George Tiller when he closed his political action committee prior to his criminal trial in 2009. Her fundraising abilities are overstated. Without Tiller pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money into the PAC, it would have gone belly-up. She also has no abortionist who is willing to work with her. With Operation Rescue continuing to work our program to ensure that Wichita remains abortion free, their prospects of success are especially slim.”

Over the past eight years, the pro-life movement in Kansas has been gaining in momentum while support for abortion businesses has been decreasing.

“When we arrived in Kansas in 2002, there were seven abortion clinics that thrived in a political climate that supported and protected abortionists, even when they were breaking the law,” said Newman. “Today there are three remaining abortion clinics in the state, and those three are all on the ropes. The political climate is now one that respects life and is willing to enforce the state abortion laws.”

A new clinic licensing law threatens to close two of the remaining abortion clinics while a third, Planned Parenthood in Overland Park, faces 107 criminal charges related to illegal late-term abortions and manufacturing evidence to cover up their crimes.