Lenexa, KS — Respected psychiatrist Dr. Paul McHugh said today that even though he was scheduled to testify against abortionist George R. Tiller in the criminal case filed by former Attorney General Phill Kline, he has not been contacted in any way by the current Attorney General Paul Morrison.
Tiller was charged with 30 criminal counts related to the commission of illegal late-term abortions last December, only to have the charges dropped on dubious jurisdictional grounds at the request of District Attorney Nola Foulston.
During an interview today arranged by Women Influencing the Nation, Dr. McHugh repeatedly said he had not been contacted by anyone from the Attorney General’s office since Paul Morrison was sworn in. “I expected to be contacted by someone,” he said, but never was.
Because of this, Women Influencing America contacted Dr. McHugh and told him that they believed it was important for him to come forward and share his professional findings, and Dr. McHugh agreed.
Morrison claims to have been looking into Tiller case for the past six months, and says he has hired a full-time assistant attorney general to conduct the investigation.
“I have to wonder what kind of half-baked investigation Morrison is conducting if he hasn’t even bothered to contact one of the main witnesses against Tiller,” said Operation Rescue Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger, who was present at the taping of Dr. McHugh’s interview. “Dr. McHugh’s statements seem to indicate that Morrison is pulling the wool over the eyes of the people of Kansas by simply pretending to look into the Tiller matter when he is more likely looking the other way.”
During the interview, McHugh challenged Tiller’s diagnoses of mental health problems and stated that he saw nothing in the records that would justify a late-term abortion under Kansas law, which prohibits abortions after 21 weeks unless the mother’s live is in danger or there is a “substantial and irreversible” risk to a “major bodily function.”
Dr. McHugh will participate in a panel discussion Tuesday, June 12, 2007, at 7 PM at the Doubletree Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas. Members of the media and the public will be given an opportunity to ask questions of Dr. McHugh during the discussion.
Operation Rescue will hold a briefing on the Tiller situation Thursday, June 14, 2007, at 7 PM at Heartland Community Church in Wichita. [MORE INFORMATION]
Note: Dr. McHugh is a well-respected expert in the field of psychiatry and served as the Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Psychiatrist-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. His Curriculum Vitae is 27 pages in length. He is an author, professor, and member of the President’s Council on Bioethics.
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