Time-line of Tiller Case published
Wichita, KS — Operation Rescue is thanking God that Tiller has temporarily closed his late-term abortion clinic, Women’s Health Care Services. For the second week in a row, Wichita is abortion free.
There will be no prayer vigil at the Sedgwick County Courthouse on Tuesday.
However, anyone who would like to pray during Tiller’s motion to dismiss scheduled for Friday, August 10, are encouraged to gather at 9 AM outside the Courthouse located at Central and Main in Wichita.
Now that George R. Tiller has been arraigned on 19 criminal charges related to illegal abortions, we thought this was a good time to review some of the developments that have brought us to this point. Below is a time line of events with links to stories of interest that will bring you up to date on the Tiller case.
Time Line In The Criminal Case Against Abortionist George R. Tiller
December 21, 2006 — Attorney General Phill Kline files 30 criminal misdemeanor charges against Tiller related to illegal late-term abortions
December 22, 2006 — Kline’s charges are dismissed at the request of District Attorney Nola Foulston, who claims Attoneys General have no authority to prosecute cases in District Courts without the expressed permission from the District Attorney. Kline announced his appointment of Don McKinney as Special Prosecutor.
January 5, 2007 — McKinney files a writ of mandamus with the Kansas Supreme Court asking for the 30 Kline charges to be reinstated against Tiller.
January 8, 2007 — Paul Morrison, an avid abortion supporter who benefited from Tiller campaign money, took over as the new Kansas Attorney General.
January 9, 2007 — Morrison fires McKinney and announces his own “independent” investigation of Tiller.
January 10, 2007 — DA Nola Foulston holds a press conference and announces that her own “limited investigation” of evidence submitted to the District Court in December shows that Tiller did not fail to report incidents of suspected child abuse. Kline never charged Tiller on that issue. Misleading headlines the following day indicated that Foulston cleared Tiller of wrongdoing.
January 19-22, 2007 — Operation Rescue holds its Cry for Justice event. Foulston threatens OR leaders with criminal prosecution for attempting to meet with her to ask that she allow the Kline charges to go forward.
February 14, 2007 — Morrison withdraws McKinney’s motion from the Kansas Supreme Court before they can issue a ruling. (Read “Evidence That Demands A Verdict”)
March 12, 2007 — The Ohio group Women Influencing the Nation launches ChargeTiller.com, a website that gathered over 5,600 signatures in support of Tiller charges.
March 23, 2007 — Operation Rescue publishes accounts that Tiller is continuing post-viability convenience abortions in violation of Kansas law.
March 23, 2007 — Kansas Legislators send a letter to Morrison asking him to reinstate the Tiller charges.
March 26, 2007 — The House Federal and State Affairs committee passes a resolution that would compel Morrison to reinstate charges against Tiller for committing illegal late-term abortions. House Speaker Melvin Neufeld prevents the resolution from receiving a full House vote.
March 28, 2007 — Pro-lifers rally in support of the Tiller Resolution at the State Capitol.
April 16, 2007 — Operation Rescue releases an investigative report documenting Tiller’s history of committing illegal abortions dating back to before Roe v. Wade.
May 4, 2007 — Kansas Legislature adjourns without taking action on Tiller.
May 17-20, 2007 — Operation Rescue sponsors a 77-hour round the clock prayer vigil seeking God’s favor on efforts to stop child-killing through abortion in Wichita and all of America. Pro-lifers open a cordial dialogue with DA Nola Foulston after a small group prayed for her in her neighborhood during the event.
May 23, 2007 — Rep. Ben Hodges and four others tendered their resignations to the House Federal and State Affairs Committee in protest of legislative inaction over the Tiller case.
May 31, 2007 — Fox News host Bill O’Reilly broadcasts a hard-hitting report on George Tiller. O’Reilly declares that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is “not fit to serve” for covering up for Tiller.
June 11, 2007 — In a bombshell development, Dr. Paul McHugh, a prominent psychiatrist who would have been the chief medical witness against Tiller had the Kline charges been allowed to proceed, tapes a 44-minute interview about his belief that Tiller abortion records he reviewed did not contain adequate information to justify late-term abortions for psychiatric or mental health reasons.
June 12, 2007 — Morrison sends men from his office to deliver a “cease and desist” letter to Dr. McHugh to prevent him from speaking at a scheduled public meeting where he planned to discuss his professional findings concerning the Tiller abortion records.
June 13, 2007 — Bill O’Reilly broadcasts another segment on Tiller discussing the McHugh testimony. His segment includes a run-in with the infamous abortionist.
June 26, 2007 — Operation Rescue publishes accounts that indicate that late-term abortions are out of control in Kansas and that enforcement of the late-term abortion ban is non-existent. Sidewalk counselors speak to healthy woman aborting a healthy baby so as not to ruin her “tummy tuck.”
June 27, 2007 — Morrison announces that he will not refile 15 of the 30 charges brought by former Attorney General Phill Kline that related to the misreporting of illegal late-term abortions.
June 28, 2007 — Morrison holds a press conference and announces that he filed 19 criminal misdemeanor charges against Tiller for having committed 19 post-viability abortions using business associate Ann Kristen Neuhaus as the second signature required for post-viability abortions. Kansas law states that the two doctors cannot be financially or legally affiliated. Morrison fails to reinstate Kline’s 15 more serious charges of illegal late abortions for trivial reasons.
July 2, 2007 — Tiller’s attorneys file a motion to dismiss the Morrison charges based on their belief that the law Tiller was charged under was unconstitutional. That week Tiller closes his abortion mill to patients for the entire Independence Day week. It is the first time in years that Tiller’s mill did not do abortions for an entire week.
July 14-16, 2007 — Operation Rescue hosts the Wichita Awakening. Over 500 people prayed at Tiller’s mill each day of the event for Tiller’s repentance, salvation, and an end to his abortion business. It is estimated that 1,000 people participated in the event over three days.
July 29, 2007 — Operation Rescue reports that charges against Tiller have failed to stop late-term abortions.
July 31, 2007 — In a surprise move, Tiller closes his abortion clinic to patients for the entire week. Operation Rescue investigations discovered that Tiller will keep his mill closed the following week as well.
August 3, 2007 — Tiller is arraigned through his attorneys at an unannounced hearing. His arraignment had been scheduled for August 7, but was moved the day after Operation Rescue announced it would be present. Tiller voluntarily surrendered to the Sheriff’s department for processing and was released on his on recognizance. A bench trial is set for August 17, and a motion to dismiss is scheduled to be heard August 10.
Tiller Clinic Remains Closed As Court Hearing Looms
Time-line of Tiller Case published