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Incidents Show Abortions Out of Control in Kansas

Enforcement of late-term abortion ban is nonexistent

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 26 /Christian Newswire/ -- Two incidents at George R. Tiller's late-term abortion mill today serve to illustrate that abortions are out of control in Kansas.

The mother of one woman in her 29th week of pregnancy called Mark Geitzen of the Kansas Coalition for Life to ask for intervention on behalf of her daughter. According to the mother, her daughter recently married a man from another country who was physically abusive. The man was forcing her daughter to have a third-trimester abortion. Apparently the pregnant woman, who had been active in the pro-life movement in another state, did not want the abortion, but was complying out of fear severe beatings from her husband.

Geitzen reported the call to Operation Rescue, who reported to the police the possibility that the woman could be in physical danger and at risk for a forced third-trimester abortion. Kansas law states that such abortions can only take place if the pregnancy endangers the life of the mother or would produce a "substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function."

In a second incident, a distraught mother told pro-lifers at the abortion clinic that her daughter was getting a late-term abortion because she did not want her pregnancy to ruin her recent "tummy tuck" surgery.

"Authorities have lost control of the late abortion situation in Kansas," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "Once a woman crosses over onto Tiller's abortion clinic property, it seems that all state and federal laws - and even common sense - are suspended."

Evidence has surfaced recently that Tiller is committing late-term abortions in violation of the law. Attorney General Paul Morrison has said he will announce the outcome of his "investigation" of Tiller by the end of the week, but has called previous efforts to hold Tiller accountable to the Kansas ban on post-viability abortions a waste of taxpayer money. Morrison's political campaign benefited from an estimated $1 million worth of campaign calls and mailings linked to Tiller.

"When money buys law enforcement, then the legislative process is voided, and the will of the people expressed in the legislative process is negated," said Newman. "Representative government becomes meaningless, and what you end up with is tyranny. Whoever has the biggest pocketbook holds the power. We are very close to that in Kansas now. We must return to the rule of law in order to prevent more human tragedies like the kind we witnessed today."

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.