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Political Climate Puts Tiller Trial in Spotlight as National Leaders Gather in Wichita for Prayer

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


WICHITA, Kans., Mar. 6 /Christian Newswire/ -- Operation Rescue and the Christian Defense Coalition have invited national pro-life leaders and their supporters to come to Wichita during the criminal trial of late-term abortionist George R. Tiller to pray for justice.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, will help lead prayer events at the court and will hold prayer rallies each night beginning on March 16, and continuing for as long as the trial lasts. Tiller has been charged with 19 counts of illegal late-term abortions. His trial is expected to last for two weeks.

Rev. Mahoney helped organize and lead the 1991 Summer of Mercy abortion protests, and believes that this trail may be the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice on the part of the pro-life movement.

"If convicted, it is possible that Tiller could be out of business within 30 days," said Rev. Mahoney. "We encourage everyone who can to come to Wichita and join us in prayer that Tiller will finally be brought to justice."

Tiller's attorneys have already promised to appeal any conviction, but that would not prevent the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts from using the conviction to implement discipline on the numerous open complaints that are now pending against Tiller and his abortion staff.

"We believe that circumstances have been orchestrated by the Hand of God to make this trial of critical importance, especially with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, one of Tiller's political cronies, seeking confirmation to the Obama cabinet as Secretary of Health and Human Services," said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

"The eyes of the nation will be focused on this, and it will give us a prime opportunity to draw attention to the plight of the pre-born and the political corruption that has enabled Tiller's horrific late-term abortion racket to continue."

Leaders from pro-life groups around the nation are expected to join Rev. Mahoney and Newman in Wichita during the Tiller trial.

A schedule of events and list of dignitaries who are expected to attend will be announced next week.
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.