State Records Prove Tiller Lied About Abortion Numbers, Profits

Tiller’s late-term abortion income alone in 2003 was actually close to $1.2 million

Wichita, KS – Abortion records kept by the Kansas State Department of Health and Environment prove that, during his trial, late-term abortionist George R. Tiller misrepresented the number of post-viability abortions done at his Wichita clinic by nearly 50%.

Tiller took the stand in his own defense against charges he committed illegal abortions in 2003. He testified under oath that between 250 and 300 of the controversial abortions were done by his clinic that year.

However, according to the 2003 KDHE report on abortion numbers, 491 post-viability abortions were done in Kansas that year. Tiller operates the only facility in Kansas that does abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy, and the only one to employ the “Digoxin/Induction” method of abortion, of which there were 464 reported cases that year. (The use of other abortion methods accounts for the discrepancy between the two figures.)

In fact, never in the past ten years has Tiller’s post-viability numbers fallen as low as 250.

“Late-term abortions are Tiller’s bread and butter,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “As a businessman, you can’t tell me that he didn’t know exactly how well his premium service was selling. His paycheck was based on a percentage of the gross sales, and it is inconceivable that he doesn’t know how much money he makes. He wouldn’t be able to stay in business if he were that incompetent of a businessman. “

Tiller’s attorneys successfully objected to questions about Tiller’s total annual income.

“They obviously wanted to keep the truth from the jury about how much money Tiller makes off these very unpopular abortions,” said Newman.

Tiller indicated that the average cost of a post-viability abortion is $6,000. He pockets 38 cents on every dollar generated. Using that average, post-viability abortions conservatively generated over $2.9 million in 2003, with Tiller’s take being close to $1.2 million.

“That much money is plenty of incentive to commit perjury,” said Newman. “And that figure does not take early abortion profits into consideration. Tiller is making a killing off killing babies. With the kind of money changing hands, it is no wonder that Tiller and his attorneys will stoop to any level to keep the dollars rolling in.”

“The KDHE records cast serious doubt on Tiller’s ability to tell the truth,” said Newman. “That is something to keep in mind as he faces inquiries from the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.”

It’s Not Over: Tiller Charged With 11 Counts By KSBHA

Tiller could still lose his medical license

Wichita, KS – Just after a jury in Sedgwick County, Kansas, returned not guilty verdicts in the criminal case against late-term abortionist George Tiller, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts released to the public a petition it filed in December listing eleven allegations against Tiller’s license.

According to a statement released by the KSBHA, “Violations alleged include performing an abortion on a fetus that was viable without having a documented referral from another physician not legally or financially affiliated with him; unprofessional or dishonorable conduct or professional incompetency; and commitment of acts likely to deceive, defraud or harm the public.”

The KSBHA also indicated that the case they have filed against Tiller is independent from the criminal charges and will proceed in its own merits.

Tiller could have his medical license revoked, suspended, or dramatically restricted, depending on the outcome of the Board’s determination.

In October, 2006, Cheryl Sullenger filed a complaint with the KSBHA alleging an improper financial relationship between Tiller and Neuhaus that violated Kansas law. That complaint was amended in February, 2007. Sullenger has been periodically notified by the Board that her complaint is active and continuing, although no final resolution has been reached.

“As a famous baseball player once said, ‘It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.’ We are encouraged by this news from the KSBHA,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We have never put all our hope in the criminal prosecution and continue to work through a number of avenues to ensure that one day Tiller will be brought to justice.”

Read KSBHA Statement
Read KSBHA Petition
Read about Sullenger’s complaint

TILLER FOUND NOT GUILTY!

Operation Rescue vows to continue efforts to bring Tiller to justice

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Wichita, KS – Today a jury of three men and three women found George Tiller not guilty on 19 charges of illegal abortions.

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue releases the following statement:

Justice has been denied! Today a jury found late-term abortionist George R. Tiller not guilty of having committed 19 illegal abortions in 2003. While disappointed in the verdict, we at Operation Rescue are not deterred in our commitment to one day bring Tiller to justice. The 19 charges that Tiller faces were only a small fraction of the illegal activity that we believe and have documented that occurs at Tiller’s Wichita abortion clinic. On behalf of the pre-born children wrongly killed by Tiller and his associates, we vow to press on until Tiller is finally held accountable to the law and his late-term abortion mill is permanently closed.

[Listen to audio file of this statement]

Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue releases the following statement:

We must remember that these are the weakest charges that could have been brought by the state. There were thirty criminal charges filed by former Attorney General Phill Kline, which were much stronger that were dismissed on jurisdictional grounds without having been considered on their merits. While we are disappointed by the verdict, we are far from surprised.

We thank Assistant Attorney General Barry Disney for the job that he tried to do. He did the best he could with the hand he was dealt. We wish he had been dealt a stronger hand. We are committed to continuing our efforts to bring Tiller to justice and we are confident that justice will one day prevail.

Tiller Case Goes To Jury

Wichita, KS – Closing arguments in the criminal case against late-term abortionist George R. Tiller have concluded and the case has been sent to the jury.

Assistant Attorney General Barry Disney made the case that, based even on Tiller’s notes and on his own words, that he and abortionist Ann Kristin Neuhaus were financially affiliated. He pointed to evidence and testimony that Tiller consulted on Neuhaus’ fee and approved the final amount. Disney reminded the jury that on several occasions, Tiller referred to Neuhaus’ consulting as being a relationship where she worked for him, and talked about her joining his organization.

Attorneys for Tiller, Dan Monnat and Lee Thompson, tried to minimize Tiller’s characterizations as “slips of the tongue.” They accused Disney of engaging in a political prosecution.

Since the jury was given jury instructions prior to the closing arguments, they were sent to the jury room immediately after the attorneys concluded their arguments to begin their deliberations.

“We are at the final stage of these proceedings. Now is the time to pray for justice like never before,” said Operation Rescue president Troy Newman.

Tiller has been charged with doing illegal late-term abortions because he used Neuhaus for his second physician referral even though they were financially affiliated, something the law specifically does not allow. If convicted Tiller faces 1 year in jail and $2,500 in fines for each of the 19 counts.

Operation Rescue will be notified by court security when the verdict has been reached and plans to be in the courtroom when the verdict is read.

Defense Rests in Tiller Case. Closing Arguments Scheduled For Friday Morning

Wichita, KS – The defense rested in the criminal trial of late-term abortionist George Tiller today. Judge Clark Owens sent the jury home for the day while attorneys for both sides worked in chambers to hammer out the jury instructions that will be presented to the panel of six tomorrow after closing arguments.

Concluding her testimony today was former Tiller attorney Rachel Pirner, whose demeanor under the questioning of Assistant Attorney General Barry Disney was argumentative, and at times obnoxious. Pirner did testify, however, that while the Kansas Board of Healing Arts issued a clarification on the second physician rule, indicating that the second physician had to be a “Kansas” physician, it never issued any ruling or clarification regarding the prohibition on their financial and legal affiliation.

Disney revealed that the Board has filed a “complaint” against Tiller alleging that Tiller had an improper affiliation with Neuhaus. Pirner denied knowledge of that action. She no longer represents Tiller.

After the jury was dismissed, Defense Attorney Lee Thompson made another request for dismissal of the case. Judge Owens indicated that he believed, on legal grounds, that this case must go to the jury on the legal theory that Tiller and Neuhaus were financially affiliated.

“We are calling on all men and women of faith to fervently pray for the next 30 hours that justice will be done,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Prayer vigils will be held this evening, Thursday, March 26, 2009, at Living Word Outreach, located at 3033 S. Hillside in Wichita. There will also be prayer beginning at 8 AM Friday morning at the Sedgwick County Courthouse.

Court resumes on Friday at 9 AM.