Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue, firstname.lastname@example.org
WICHITA, Kansas, July 5 /Christian Newswire/ -- The 19 count criminal complaint that was filed against abortionist George R. Tiller on June 28, 2007, for violations of the Kansas ban on post-viability abortions is now available.
Click here to view Kansas v. Tiller, Case number 07CR2112.
The document lists details of the 19 misdemeanor counts, which each carry a possible penalty of 1 year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
The complaint shows:
- The range of ages of women who were given abortions was 10-24 with the average age being 16 years old.
- The viable babies that were aborted ranged in age from 25 to 30 weeks gestation, with an average age of 27 weeks. Viability is considered by Kansas law to be at 22 weeks.
- The 19 abortions took place between July 8 and November 18, 2003.
Operation Rescue is also making available the motion to dismiss charges filed by Tiller's attorneys on July 2, 2007. The motion is scheduled for hearing in Sedgwick County District Court on July 13, 2007. Tiller's arraignment date was originally set for August 7, 2007.
Click here to read Tiller's motion.
"We believe that the complaint documents show that George Tiller and Kristin Neuhaus were operating an illegal abortion racket designed to circumvent the law while giving the appearance of legitimacy," said Operation Rescue Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger. "But even at that, we believe that these were the weakest of the charges that could have been brought against Tiller. There is ample evidence to charge him with additional counts for aborting viable babies so women could do trivial things such as attend rock concerts. The current 19 charges allow Tiller to continue committing illegal abortions for frivolous reasons in violation of the law."
Sullenger continued, "There has been some effort to prevent these documents from reaching the public, but we strongly believe, and think the laws agree, that these documents should be available for everyone's inspection, especially in light of the appearance of corruption that has surrounded Tiller and his late-term abortion racket for the last four years."
About Operation Rescue
Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation. Operation Rescue recently made headlines when it bought and closed an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas and has become the voice of the pro-life activist movement in America. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to restore legal personhood to the pre-born and stop abortion in obedience to biblical mandates.