Late-Term Abortion Provider Target of Multiple Investigations
Operation Rescue has filed a complaint with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts against Dr. George Tiller, one of the few remaining late-term abortion providers in the United States. This is the latest in a string of actions taken by anti-abortion groups against the Kansas doctor.
The complaint alleges that Tiller performed an abortion on a patient without obtaining legal consent and that his employees falsely estimated the age of the fetus in order to circumvent the law, according to the Kansas City Star.
Tiller currently faces 19 misdemeanor counts brought by Attorney General Paul Morrison charging that he relied on a physician with financial ties to him for required consultation on late-term abortion cases. Tiller’s lawyers said “there was nothing illegal in the relationship” between Tiller and the outside physician, the Los Angeles Times reports.
They have filed a brief contesting the constitutionality of the required consultation. Similar requirements have been struck down by the Supreme Court and federal appeals courts.
A county judge recently ruled that a citizen-petition drive led by anti-abortion group Kansans for Life to impanel a grand jury to investigate Tiller, who adamantly denies all of the allegations and charges against him, would move forward. Tiller’s lawyers called the campaign to impanel a grand jury against him a "vigilante effort" waged by "individuals who have no interest in what the law is, but with trumpeting a political agenda," according to the Wichita Eagle. The grand jury is set to convene on October 30.
Tiller has faced decades of anti-abortion harassment, intimidation, and violence. In 1986 his clinic was bombed and in 1993 he was shot through both arms by an extremist with ties to the Army of God. This summer, his clinic had to shut down for a month after vandals tried to flood the building with a hose. The Feminist Majority Foundation has worked with Tiller for years to protect him and his patients.
Media Resources: Associated Press 10/2/07; Kansas City Star 10/2/07, 10/4/07; Wichita Eagle 10/2/07; LA Times 9/17/07; Feminist Daily News 6/29/07
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .