A Wichita jury ruled Friday that George Tiller, MD is not guilty of illegal abortion on all 19 criminal charges brought against him. Dr. Tiller faced 19 misdemeanor charges for allegedly violating a state law requiring an "independent" second physician's concurring opinion before performing later term abortions. Dr. George Tiller, medical director of the Women's Health Care Services clinic, is one of the few late-term abortion providers in the country. Desperate women with troubled pregnancies and with serious health problems come to Dr. Tiller's clinic from all over the country.
"We're very grateful and relieved. With this unanimous jury verdict, hopefully politicians and lawyers may at last understand that legal harassment of Dr. Tiller must end," said Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, in a press release. Kathy Spillar, Executive Vice President of FMF and Coordinator of FMF’s National Clinic Access Project said Tiller "is a fine man who works to provide desperately needed health care services for women. In a modern nation with advanced medical knowledge, he should not have to go through such travails. We need more doctors to stand up against ideological bullies."
Following the decision in Tiller's criminal case, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts made a similar complaint against Tiller that was originally filed in December 2008 public, according to the Kansas City Star. Tiller's medical license could eventually be suspended or revoked by the board on the basis of the complaint.
Media Resources: FMF Press Release 3/27/09; Feminist Daily Newswire 3/26/09; Kansas City Star 3/27/09
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defundÂ Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).Â Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell asÂ out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of twoÂ heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .