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Tiller Associate Cut Immunity Deal in Illegal Abortion Case

Reason to believe that Tiller and Neuhaus committed hundreds of violations of the law


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


WICHITA, Kansas, June 30 /Christian Newswire/ -- Ann Kristen Neuhaus struck a deal for limited immunity with former Attorney General Phill Kline in exchange for her cooperation in his investigation against the notorious abortionist George R. Tiller. The current State Attorney General, Paul Morrison, is honoring the agreement in a case filed Thursday charging Tiller with 19 criminal counts based on abortion records obtained by Kline from a three-month period in 2003.


In exchange for immunity, Neuhaus gave statements under oath that spoke of her involvement in Tiller's late-term abortion practice. According to Kansas law, two doctors who are financially and legally unaffiliated, must agree that a pregnant woman faces "substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function" before an abortion after 21 weeks can be done. Neuhaus provided that second opinion for Tiller's late-term abortions.


Operation Rescue first reported the Tiller/Neuhaus arrangement last August after being informed of it by a confidential source that participated in the grand jury investigation against Tiller in the 2005 death of late-term abortion patient Christin Gilbert.


Neuhaus has had no medical office of her own since 2002, when she closed her Lawrence abortion mill under financial pressure created by allegations that she had proceeded with an abortion on a woman who had withdrawn her consent. The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts declared in an emergency order that Neuhaus was a "danger to the public, an immediate threat, not limited to the likelihood of patient injury."


"According to the grand jury source and our own investigations, the only way Neuhaus has access to patients is at Tiller's invitation," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.


"She travels to Wichita in one of Tiller's old cars, she uses his office facilities, and she sees his patients. She signs a form and is paid via personal check from each patient. If Neuhaus doesn't sign the form - and there is reason to believe that she did sign in every case - then Tiller cannot do the abortion. If Tiller does not invite Neuhaus to his office, she has no means of getting paid."


"Tiller and Neuhaus had a symbiotic relationship in which neither of them could benefit financially without the other," said Newman. "If this relationship was illegal in 2003, then it was also illegal in '04, '05, '06, and '07."


"The 19 charges brought by Morrison are just the tip of the iceberg," said Newman. "Tiller very likely violated this portion of the law hundreds of times. That does not even count the more serious phony mental health excuses behind the abortions that Morrison has refused to deal with. There is a lot more illegal activity going on at that clinic than is being reported, and we demand that additional records be inspected and additional charges be brought, for the sake of the innocent lives that should have legal protection in Kansas, but don't."


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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.