Exposé: Operation Rescue Uncovers Tiller History Of Illegal Abortions

Like father, like son: Tiller family criminal conduct spans seven decades

Wichita, KS — Operation Rescue has uncovered three source documents that reveal a pattern of illegal abortions by the Tiller family of Wichita, Kansas, spanning seven decades.

“George Tiller himself has a documented pattern of disregard for the law across four decades,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “It gives further urgency to the need to allow the criminal case filed against Tiller in December to move forward without further delay.”

Late-term abortionist George R. Tiller has admitted in a signed statement that he has a history of committing illegal abortions.

A statement, released by Voices of Choice in July, 2005, regarding the impending appointment of a replacement for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor states in part, “As physicians who provided or facilitated abortions before Roe v. Wade, we saw the horrors of illegal abortion first-hand.” Fourteen abortionists, including George R. Tiller, signed the statement. (Read full statement.)

In two other documents, an undated interview published by Voices of Choice and an article from the Wichita Eagle dated Sept. 8, 1991, Tiller describes in his own words that his father, Jack Tiller, provided illegal abortions for women in his family practice as far back as the 1940s. Tiller admits that his discovery of this fact inspired him to abandon a career in dermatology and pursue a career as an abortionist.

In December, 2006, George Tiller was charged with 30 counts related to the commission of illegal late-term abortions. Those charges were dismissed on dubious jurisdictional grounds, and stonewalling tactics have been employed by Attorney General Paul Morrison, including the firing of a special prosecutor, to keep the case out of court.

Meanwhile, witnesses say that illegal abortions continue at Tiller’s Wichita late-term abortion mill, Women’s Health Care Services.

One witness, sidewalk counselor Donna Lampkin, told Operation Rescue on March 23, 2007, that she was personally spoke to one woman who admitted that both she and her pre-born baby were perfectly healthy, but that she was seeking a late-term abortion at Tiller’s WHCS solely due to financial reasons. This abortion violated K.S.A. 65-6703, which bans post-viability abortions, with narrow exceptions, financial considerations not being one of them.

On April 14, 2007, Dawn McClelland posted the following comment at ChargeTiller.com, a website supporting the reinstatement of criminal charges against Tiller:

As a director of a crisis pregnancy center, I have worked directly with women/girls who have gone to Tiller. One was 32 weeks pregnant, under the care of one of our doctors. Her health and the health of the baby were both good. Her family told her she would be disowned if she had the baby. She panicked. Planned Parenthood directed her to Tiller, where this perfectly healthy little baby was killed and the mother scarred for life. We are barbarians to let this happen.

“This information about Tiller’s long history and continuing practice of committing illegal abortions establishes a pattern of criminality on Tiller’s part,” said Newman.

“These documents and eyewitness accounts also give us a glimpse into his frame of mind. Tiller returned to Wichita after his father’s death and took up the family practice, following in his dad’s footsteps. Now we see that the Tiller legacy includes violating the law by providing illegal abortions.”

Operation Rescue believes that the documents show more that a casual disregard for Kansas Statutes. “They show a brazen contempt for the law as well as for the lives of his innocent victims,” said Newman.

“Every man and woman in authority in Kansas who has blatantly ignored Tiller’s illegal killing of viable babies has innocent blood on their hands. No amount of political payoffs is worth the lives of these precious children, or the bloodguilt that haunts the consciences of those who betrayed them. We appeal to Kansas authorities to stop this brutality, and immediately bring Tiller to justice in a court of law.”

House Speaker Melvin Neufeld has the ability to move to reinstate criminal charges against George Tiller. Please urgently contact with your concerns:

House Speaker Melvin Neufeld
Phone: 620-335-5316
E-Mail: mneufeld@ink.org
Alternate E-mail: neufeld@house.state.ks.us