Snapshot: A Day Outside Tiller’s Late-term Abortion Mill

Babies burned, a baby saved, and a baby returns to give thanks

By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, Kansas – While Mondays are not full-blown abortions days at George Tiller’s Women’s Health Care Services, they can be eventful days nonetheless for volunteers who maintain vigil outside the infamous late-term abortion mill.

Last Monday, the morning started with the stench of burning babies. Tiller operates a full-sized crematorium, like the ones used by funeral home. All the babies aborted there are incinerated on site. I arrived after the ash had dissipated, but while the stench was still clinging in the air. It is an unforgettable acrid smell that seems to permeate even the clothing. While sometimes Tiller’s staff intentionally fires up the incinerator to discourage pro-lifers, it only serves to strengthen our resolve.

The Kansas Coalition for Life manages the schedule of volunteers that man the gate outside Tiller’s abortion clinic every hour they are open. Among the volunteers is experienced sidewalk counselor, Jennifer McCoy, who also networks with Operation Rescue. We partner with the KCFL, maintaining a daily presence at Tiller’s mill with the Truth Truck and providing other resources. This day, Jennifer tells me that she intercepted a 17-year old girl and her mom who had come from New Mexico for a late-term abortion. Out-of-towners usually come on Mondays to get their paperwork started for their abortions, which begin on Tuesday.

The girl, who we will call “C.” was 27 weeks pregnant. Jennifer successfully redirected them to Choices Medical Center, a pro-life clinic directly next door to Tiller’s abortion mill. While other duties called me away, Jennifer faithfully waited for four hours to speak with the women after their visit to Choices. Thankfully, “C.” and her mom assured Jennifer that the C. would keep her baby and that they would be returning home the next day.

While Jennifer was waiting for C. to finish her visit to Choices, a young mother named Jillian stopped by with two young children in tow. It seems that Jillian had come to Tiller’s clinic for an abortion about two years ago, but was, like C., intercepted by pro-lifers at the clinic entrance. Jillian chose life for her son, Zachary, and wanted to come back and thank those who had helped her.

“Don’t ever think that what you are doing is in vain,” a grateful Jillian told Jennifer.

Zachary is the apple of his mom’s eye, and has been recently been joined in the family by a new little sister. He is a happy little guy with a thick mop of brown hair and an irresistible smile. It is unthinkable to imagine what could have been…what almost was.

It is moments like this that keep us going. The Enemy attempts to dishearten us, but Christ is there with hope and encouragement. While we were taunted by the morning burning of babies, C.’s saved baby gave us hope that the wickedness of child-killing will not always prevail, and Zachary gave us encouragement to keep going, knowing that the fruit of our labors will live on beyond our humble efforts.

“All we need to do is make ourselves available, and God will use us,” said Jennifer. “It’s as simple as that.”

For those in the Wichita area, there will be training for on-site volunteers on Saturday, September 27, from 10 AM until noon at Operation Rescue’s headquarters, located at 3013 E. Central Ave. in Wichita. For more information, click here.

  • seth meyer

    Awesome! Two babies were saved by the help of sidewalk counselors! This story made my day! Praise God! Operation Rescue we keep you in our prayers.

  • AllLifeIsPrecious

    Zachary is adorable!

    Maybe he’ll grow up to be a doctor at a pro life medical clinic, offering women real choices. He could even say “I am living proof that an unplanned pregnancy can bring unplanned joy”.

    Tiller is like the Nazis incinerating the Jews. He MUST be stopped.

  • tobra

    Operation Rescue does some good anti-abortion work there in Kansas & I pray it goes well for ya’ll.
    Thanks for this website that keeps us informed.

    God bless

  • Chris

    This does remind me of the Nazis. Sick! I am glad you are able to save some children and prevent the mothers from suffering life long agony.

  • This started out to be an awful read -just the circumstances,Cheryl- not your reporting! But it ended up so beautifully- what a gorgeous little child of God! The comment by Jennifer is oh so true-“Just make yourself avaiable and God will use you”. It shows how 1 person can make a profound difference. C.- the look on your face tells it all. Glad that you chose LIFE. Cheryl- good luck on your counseling seminar- I wish I lived closer,but I have been to some seminars with the folks in Chicago, and they do make a huge difference. I would encourage anyone who is pro-life to go. Sometimes your witness will be in other places than outside of an abortion mill- I talked to a woman in a grocery store, of all places. And these seminars ,always teach you something new and fresh,so you come back revitalized. God Bless You , Cheryl- for a great story!

  • Sarah

    My son was unplanned. I NEVER even thought about aborting him, but I can testify how my unplanned pregnancy brought me the GREATEST joy in my life…my son makes my heart feel so full I think it will burst. He is just the absolute best thing to ever happen to me!

    Likewise, my friend that got pregnant “accidentally” (with God there is no accidents) and had scheduled an abortion. I talked to her and she finally decided to choose life. she previously had an abortion which made her sad (it was coerced) but now she looks at her baby girl and tells me she can’t believe she almost threw her away. Now she and the father are married and they make such a nice little family!

    to anyone experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. You may regret your abortion if thats what you choose but I guarantee you WILL NEVER REGRET GIVING BIRTH TO YOUR BABY. being a mom is not always easy but its the most wonderful job on the planet!!!!

  • Jose-Luis Morales

    God bless you for all the good that you do and all the babies that you save from this unconceivable madness. You are in my prayers.

  • Praise God we are winning the battle and victory is in sight! Just a thought here, has anyone ever had the air analized for any harmful chemicals emitted from the smoke stack? Could be a chance to shut it down in a heart beat. Thank you for this site. God bless!

  • God bless everyone who goes out to Tiller’s and definately OR for the Truth Truck being there :)