Tiller's late-term abortion income alone in 2003 was actually close to $1.2 million
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, April 8 /Christian Newswire/ -- Abortion records kept by the Kansas State Department of Health and Environment prove that, during his trial, late-term abortionist George R. Tiller misrepresented the number of post-viability abortions done at his Wichita clinic by nearly 50%.
Tiller took the stand in his own defense against charges he committed illegal abortions in 2003. He testified under oath that between 250 and 300 of the controversial abortions were done by his clinic that year.
However, according to the 2003 KDHE report on abortion numbers, 491 post-viability abortions were done in Kansas that year. Tiller operates the only facility in Kansas that does abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy, and the only one to employ the "Digoxin/Induction" method of abortion, of which there were 464 reported cases that year. (The use of other abortion methods accounts for the discrepancy between the two figures.)
In fact, never in the past ten years has Tiller's post-viability numbers fallen as low as 250.
"Late-term abortions are Tiller's bread and butter," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "As a businessman, you can't tell me that he didn't know exactly how well his premium service was selling. His paycheck was based on a percentage of the gross sales, and it is inconceivable that he doesn't know how much money he makes. He wouldn't be able to stay in business if he were that incompetent of a businessman. "
Tiller's attorneys successfully objected to questions about Tiller's total annual income.
"They obviously wanted to keep the truth from the jury about how much money Tiller makes off these very unpopular abortions," said Newman.
Tiller indicated that the average cost of a post-viability abortion is $6,000. He pockets 38 cents on every dollar generated. Using that average, post-viability abortions conservatively generated over $2.9 million in 2003, with Tiller's take being close to $1.2 million.
"That much money is plenty of incentive to commit perjury," said Newman. "And that figure does not take early abortion profits into consideration. Tiller is making a killing off killing babies. With that kind of money changing hands, it is no wonder that Tiller and his attorneys will stoop to any level to keep the dollars rolling in."
"The KDHE records cast serious doubt on Tiller's ability to tell the truth," said Newman. "That is something to keep in mind as he faces inquiries from the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts."
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