Wichita, KS — A hearing concerning 19 criminal charges against George R. Tiller for committing illegal late-term abortions was delayed Friday as hundreds of young people began to pour into Wichita for the Wichita Awakening, an event centered on praying for revival and an end to abortion.
“We expect continued delays, because delays will keep Tiller operating as long as possible,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, whose organization is hosting the event sponsored by The Cause. “What other person accused of 19 criminal acts is allowed to continue them while attorneys file delay after delay? We need God’s intervention to break through the web of corruption that continues to surround and protects Tiller. As well as repentance and revival, we are praying for justice.”
Saturday evening about 500 Christians surrounded Tiller’s infamous abortion clinic to pray for closure of the site of alleged illegal late-term abortions and the death of a 19-year old Down Syndrome woman from a botched 3rd trimester procedure.
Sunday afternoon mechanical difficulties grounded the buses carrying over 300 members of The Cause, who came to town as part of the “Summer of Love” tour, forcing them to miss Sunday afternoon’s scheduled prayer vigil at Tiller’s late-term abortion mill.
In spite of the absence of those young people, about 130 Christians braved high heat and humidity to attend prayer led by Concerned Women for America President Wendy Wright, who flew in from Washington, DC to join other pro-life dignitaries, including Norma McCorvey, the former “Roe” of Roe v. Wade, in calling for a speedy prosecution of Tiller and a closure of his abortion practice.
The Cause group will be in attendance at a worship service this evening at 7 PM at the Mid-American Indian Center.
Late-term abortions are expected to begin on Monday, when the Wichita Awakening has planned an all day prayer vigil beginning at 8:30 AM. The event will culminate with a prayer and praise service at 7 PM on Monday evening at the Mid-America Indian Center that will feature well-known Christian musicians and hundreds of youth from Wichita and across the nation.