George Tiller, 67, one of the nation’s few late-term abortionists, was acquitted of misdemeanor charges stemming from abortions he performed. However, within moments of the verdict, the Kansas medical board announced it was investigating similar allegations against him.
Prosecutors had alleged that in 2003, Dr. George Tiller had gotten second opinions from a doctor who was an employee of his, not independent as state law requires, yet a jury took only about an hour to find him not guilty of all 19 counts. The abortionist estimated that he performed 250 to 300 late-term abortions in 2003, each costing an average of $6,000.
Tiller, who could have faced a year in jail for even one conviction, stared straight ahead as the verdicts were read, with one of his attorneys patting his shoulder after the decision on the final count was declared.
Tiller has claimed that the prosecution was politically motivated. An attorney general who opposes abortion began the investigation into Tiller’s clinic more than four years ago, but both his successor, who filed the criminal charges, and the current attorney general are abortion supporters. Late-term abortions of human fetuses — at any point in the gestation process — are also known as ‘partial birth’ abortion.
He is one of three abortionist in the U.S. who currently perform late-term or “partial-birth” abortions.
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