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Will New KSBHA Director be Another Abortion Industry Shill

Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue, info@operationrescue.org

TOPEKA, Kansas, June 26 /Christian Newswire/ -- A new executive director has been appointed to the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts to replace Larry Buening, who resigned amid criticism of Board foot-dragging on processing complaints against physicians.

Jack Confer, Executive Director of the Arizona Board of Osteopathy, will assume his duties with the KSBHA on July 14. Confer will serve on an interim basis pending confirmation by the State Senate.

"The Board, under Buening's leadership, did not do its job of protecting patients, especially from exploitation by shoddy abortionists," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who often called for Buening's resignation. "Confer certainly has his work cut out for him if he is to restore public confidence in the Board's ability to protect the public. He can start by leaving any political posturing at home. He must look at the complaints on their merits, not on what will please Gov. Sebelius."

"There are currently four complaints pending against abortionist George Tiller, one dating back to 2006," said Operation Rescue Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger. "In fact, the basis of that 2006 complaint involved allegations that Tiller committed illegal abortions by violating the second unaffiliated physician requirement in Kansas law, something with which he has since been criminally charged. Yet, Tiller continues to operate without restriction. This is putting viable babies who should have legal protection at grave risk."

In addition, Sullenger recently filed a complaint against Tiller and his employee, abortionist Shelley Sella, who is alleged by an eyewitness to have stabbed to death a 35-week old baby that was born alive during an abortion.

"The extreme seriousness of the allegations against Tiller demand swift action in the interest of public safety," said Sullenger.

"We call Mr. Confer to make it his first priority, upon assuming his new position, to do his duty to protect the most innocent and vulnerable among us by immediately closing Tiller's abortion mill and suspending the medical licenses of Tiller and Sella," said Newman. "We certainly will not hesitate to voice our opinion during the Senate confirmation process, if it appears that Confer is just another abortion industry shill."

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.