Every attendee of Sebelius’ dinner party for late-term abortionist George R. Tiller and his abortion clinic staff are identified.
By Cheryl Sullenger
Updated on April 11, 2009
When we take a closer look at Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ ever-changing story about a party for late-term abortionist George R. Tiller that she hosted at Cedar Crest in April, 2007, her account just doesn’t add up. If the governor isn’t telling the truth – and we believe the available evidence supports that she is not – then we are left with some very serious ethical questions about the integrity of the Governor’s office.
Operation Rescue obtains photographs
Operation Rescue first obtained news of the dinner and photos documenting the event from a source that was present at the dinner. While Sebelius entertained Tiller and the entire staff of his abortion clinic, Women’s Health Care Services, TIller was under criminal investigation by the Attorney General’s office, which led to the filing of 19 criminal charges against him for committing illegal late term abortions. Also at that time, the Legislature was considering a resolution forcing the Attorney General to charge Tiller, amid intense public pressure.
Kansas Open Records Demands
An OR staff member placed a Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) demand for information about entertainment expenditures at the governor’s official residence, Cedar Crest, on April 29, 2008.
On May 9, 2008, the Associated Press also filed its own KORA demand for information about the Tiller dinner.
After nearly a month of almost daily excuses for not producing the requested information, JyLynn Copp, the Governor’s Chief Counsel, finally produced documents to Operation Rescue. Those documents contained no mention of Tiller or his abortion clinic, Women’s Health Care Services, in a list of events that included an entry for April 9, 2007, with the notation “Women’s Political Caucus Auction Reception (reimbursement by the greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus).” When the Associated Press received documentation of the same event, that notation was missing.
However, receipts for the dinner clearly showed that the bill was paid for by the State of Kansas. There was no documentation to substantiate the claims that the dinner expenses had been reimbursed.