Memorial Service Remembers Life and Death of Tiller Victim Christin A. Gilbert

Wichita, KS — A coalition of pro-life groups gathered at a sunset memorial service for 19-year old Christin A. Gilbert on the 1-year anniversary of her death from a botched third-trimester abortion procured at George Tiller’s Women’s Health Care Services last year.

Amid memorial wreaths, photographs of her life, and the flicker of candles, pro-lifers remembered Christin as a vibrant and loving Down Syndrome teenager who was active in the Special Olympics, her championship high school girls soft-ball team, and other community activities.

The service, held outside Wesley Medical Center where Christin died, was highlighted by Scripture readings, prayers, and hymns, as well as comments by Troy Newman of Operation Rescue and David Gittrich of Kansans for Life.

Christin tragically died on January 13, 2005, from complications from a third-trimester abortion administered by the infamous late-term abortionist George R. Tiller. Pro-lifers from the Kansas Coalition for Life reported an ambulance arrival at the abortion mill and photographed the incident while Operation Rescue Staff members raced to Wesley Medical Center in time to document Christin’s arrival by ambulance as well as the arrival of abortionist Tiller. OR investigators later discovered her identity, details about her life and death, and were the first to obtain her autopsy report that implicated Tiller in her death.

In November, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts dismissed a complaint against Tiller, finding that he did not violate the “standard of care” contrary to autopsy findings and the callous evasiveness documented in the 911 emergency call that summoned an ambulance to the abortion mill. Tiller employee Marguerite Reed had requested “no lights and no sirens” in spite of the fact that Christin’s condition was “Code Blue.”

KSBHA Director Larry Buening told reporters that the official autopsy report released by the Sedgwick County Forensic Science Center was merely one “opinion.” Pro-life groups suspected a cover-up involving Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and the KSBHA, who are beholden to large campaign contributions made to Sebelius by Tiller.

A confidential source close to the Gilbert family has informed Operation Rescue that, because of the severity of her Down Syndrome condition, Christin could never have consented to sexual activity and certainly would never have chosen abortion for her baby, evidence that Christin was the victim of a forced abortion.

“Christin was an innocent victim in every sense,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “She did not choose to be sexually abused, she did not choose to become pregnant, and once with child, she did not choose abortion. These things were forced upon Christin. Those entrusted with her care betrayed her and she died. We cannot let her tragedy be swept under the rug as if her life and the life of her baby were meaningless. It is our duty to continue to seek justice for Christin and her pre-born child.”

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  • lime 5

    Excellent closing remarks, Troy.

    Wichita Prolifers, keep this before the public until justice is served.

    “…Do you treat, care for, and help a sick or disabled person, or do you kill him? Do you measure the value of a person’s life in money? Or in utilitarian usefulness? THE COST TO SOCIETY TO CARE FOR ALL THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY HANDICAPPED AMONG US IS BUT A TINY FRACTION OF THE COST TO SOCIETY FOR THE MORALLY DEFORMED AMONG US. Professor Jerome Lejeune, discoverer of the chromosomal pattern of Down’s syndrome once related to us a story he had heard from a geneticist colleague which illustrates this well:

    “Many years ago, my father was a Jewish physician in Braunau, Austria. On one particular day, two babies had been delivered by one of his colleagues. One was a fine, healthy boy with a strong cry. His parents were extremely proud and happy. The other was a little girl, but her parents were extremely sad, for she was a Mongoloid baby. I followed them both for almost fifty years. The girl grew up, living at home, and was finally destined to be the one who nursed her mother through a very long and lingering illness after a stroke. I do not remember her name. I do, however, remember the boy’s name. He died in a bunker in Berlin. His name was Adolf Hitler.”…

    — Dr. & Mrs. J.C. Willke, “Why Can’t We Love Them Both” (an excellent book of abortion-related information which can be read online at

    And for all who read this, don’t forget to tell women leaving an abortion mill that they need to go immediately to the E.R…one with a trauma unit…at a REAL hospital…(Sorry, one that is in league with and harbors the likes of Tiller, such as Wesley, does not qualify)…many women die from undiagnosed abortion complications; Real friends, of course, don’t take friends to abortion mills; but the least one can do afterwards is take a post-abortive IMMEDIATELY to such as E.R. as mentioned above, tell them what has happened to her; they will know what to look for, since they see these shredded wombs much more frequently than Tiller, et al, would care to post on his wall, or admit anywhere else. Of course, his perpetual ambulance chasing (typical of his profession) pretty much says it all in that department…

    And again the number to call, if there is an injury or death, for legal redress is 1-800-U CAN SUE. Don’t be intimidated by consent/liability release or other indemnification forms. These are tricks of the trade to convince women that no matter what they do to her, noone can touch them in court…a lie out of hell. ABORTION MAY STILL BE LEGAL, BUT MALPRACTICE, FRAUD, AND INJURY ARE NOT.


  • Please post the pictures of Christin.

  • Operation Rescue

    Additional photos of Christin are available for viewing at

  • Liz Ward

    One wonders how Cristin’s parents feel – whether they have taken any responsibility for the death of their daughter or whether they still regard abortion as the best solution to an unplanned pregnancy?

    The terrible irony of all this is that Downs Syndrome is not heriditary – the baby would probably have been competely normal.

  • Rick Ellis

    If they ain’t “perfect” kill them.

    If parents are poor kill them.

    Mommy too young, kill them.

    Material for “science” needed, kill them.

    Spare parts needed, kill them.

    Too disabled, kill them.

    Too old, kill them.

    How can anyone feel secure, when secular humanist globalist solution to the problems of humanity is final. Kill them.