Christin Gilbert Not Alone — Two More Tiller Patients Tell of Nightmare Abortions
WICHITA, KS — Two women have come forward to tell of their nightmarish abortion experiences at George R. Tiller’s Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, KS, where a Down Syndrome teen named Christin Gilbert died from third-trimester abortion complications last year.
Gilbert’s death and subsequent stonewalling by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts has prompted a grassroots effort to convene a Grand Jury to investigate allegations of second-degree murder and other misconduct at the nation’s most infamous late-term abortion mill. A web site launched earlier in the week, http://justiceforchristin.com, documents Gilbert’s abortion tragedy and gives information on the effort to convene the Grand Jury.
“While these two women were fortunate enough to live to tell about it, their personal stories confirm the need for a Grand Jury investigation into criminal wrong-doing at Tiller’s unregulated abortion mill,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “These women were brave enough to share the truth about their horrific treatment and expose the dirty little secret of the abortion industry that American abortion mills are little better than the back-alley chop-shops Roe v. Wade was supposed to eliminate.”
Here are excerpts from their accounts. Full transcripts are available at operationrescue.org. For their protection, Operation Rescue has not used their true names.
“I was then sent to have laminaria packed up into me…I was then shipped off to the [hotel] where my labour began.”
“It’s now 6 pm the clinic is closed for the day and I’m in pretty intense labour. My contractions were less then 5 minutes apart. My mother…called down to [Tiller employee] Edna [Roach]’s room. Edna told my mom to give me 2 pills, then one every hour. After that I didn’t know my left from my right. After a few hours I was to the point where I was begging my mother for no more pills. I was in excruciating pain and I was vomiting from the pills. I had this HORRIBLE pain in my cervix that to this day I can’t explain. (To this day, I still experience that pain from time to time.)”
“I remember saying I needed to go to a hospital. I didn’t care about Dr. Tiller’s clinic. I needed another doctor. My mom was crying and she ran into the hall… I had to be carried out to the van.”
“My experience at Dr. Tiller’s clinic for the week I was there was it was physically the closest thing to hell on earth I have ever experienced. He gave me no anesthesia at all and the whole experience was so painful, but the day of my ‘labor & delivery’ was the worst thing anyone has ever done to me.”
“The laminaria hurt and I writhed around during all of those insertions and extractions…I have cervical scarring from his repeated insertions of laminaria to dilate my cervix as well as cervical incompetence that required me to have a cerclage (a stitch that keeps your cervix from dilating) put in to carry my current pregnancy to term.”
“When I had my abortion at Tiller’s clinic, he made everyone in my group…sign a paper saying that if we had any complications at all, we were under no circumstance to go to the hospital. We were to call only him.”
“I was the only girl [in my group] who indicated that a rape had taken place and I was a minor. [Tiller] did nothing to help me prosecute the crime. He just killed my baby, thus destroying the evidence.”