Tuesday, March 17, 2009

As Abortionist's Criminal Trial Begins, Media Vilifies Others

Dr. George Tiller of Wichita may be the accused killer in court, but in the eyes of the liberal media, he's the victim.

-- From "Kansas abortion trial: Criminal case against controversial abortion doctor begins" by Robin Abcarian, Tribune Newspapers 3/17/09

In 1986 his clinic was bombed. In 1991 it was blockaded for six weeks. In 1993 he was shot in both arms by an abortion opponent. He has been investigated twice by grand juries that have found no cause to charge him with crimes.

Relentlessly pursued by Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline, Tiller was charged in 2006 with illegally performing late-term abortions. The charges were dropped due to a technicality.

But Kline was a lame duck by the time he filed the charges against Tiller. A month earlier Kansas voters, tired of what they perceived as Kline's intrusiveness—which included a successful, years-long fight to obtain some of Tiller's patient records—turned him out of office in favor of Democrat Paul Morrison, who favors abortion rights.

In 2007, to the delight of abortion foes, Morrison charged Tiller with 19 misdemeanor counts of violating a technical aspect of the 1998 Kansas law that regulates late-term abortions.

Morrison—who vowed to make decisions on the law, not politics—based the charges on his review of records Kline fought to obtain.

If Kansans were surprised by Morrison filing charges against Tiller, they were even more surprised later in 2007 when the attorney general was accused of sexual harassment by a female subordinate with whom he had had a two-year extramarital affair.
He resigned in 2008.

The scandal was a blow to Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who is President Barack Obama's nominee to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. She had recruited Morrison to run against Kline.

The Democrat whom Sebelius appointed to replace Morrison as attorney general, Steve Six, inherited the Tiller prosecution.

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