In part two of this two-part episode about the late-term abortion practice of George Tiller, we look at the battle in Kansas to enforce laws limiting abortions of babies who are developed enough to live outside the womb. Kansas law specifies circumstances under which abortions past the 20th week of pregnancy could be performed, limited to death of the mother and irreversible bodily harm. When Phill Kline went from being a state legislator who helped pass that law to Kansas Attorney General responsible for enforcing it, he found disturbing evidence that the law was being ignored. The evidence indicates Tiller performed abortions into the third trimester of pregnancy on healthy women and babies for reasons such as temporary depression related to not being able to attend a concert or participate in a rodeo.
Until the shooting death of George Tiller in May 2009, his work earned Wichita the title “Late-Term Abortion Capital.” Kansans for Life executive director Mary Kay Culp takes us through the political and legal minefields of enforcing state law and how it has changed the focus of the pro-life movement. Michelle Berge-Armesto, featured in part one, shares how she is telling her story to urge enforcement.
A Cincinnati pro-life leader, Jennifer Giroux, discusses why events in Kansas matter to the rest of the nation and why Phill Kline is a man of rare courage among elected officials.
Just days after these interviews, abortionist George Tiller was killed by a gunman. This unconscionable act did not close his Wichita clinic. But the vigilance of those concerned about illegal late-term abortions becomes even more relevant as the public debate becomes more prominent.