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Third trimester abortions the reason for pro-life demonstrations in Wichita

By Editorial Staff
Published September 1, 1991

In the national news media’s coverage of the Operation Rescue activities in Wichita, Kansas, I noticed a curious omission. I do not see any mention as to why pro-lifers are peacefully blocking access to Dr. George Tiller’s abortion center. That particular doctor brags about his “expertise” in doing third trimester abortions. He has publicly stated that he does them up to 8 1/2 months of pregnancy for any reason. If the Operation Rescue people can keep these pregnant mothers out of the hands of George Tiller for a few more days, these women may actually go into labor and deliver their full term, healthy babies.

Dr. Tiller states himself that he does 600 of these third trimester abortions per year. That amounts to 10 per week. These babies are in their 7th, 8th and 9th months of development. Were these children to be born, at the time of their otherwise scheduled abortion, they would stand an excellent chance of survival outside the womb. Dealing with the bodies of all these aborted children can be quite a problem. That is why Dr. Tiller has installed an incinerator into his abortion center – to burn the bodies of these babies.

Most of the mainstream media have consistently down-played or totally ignored the fact that these third trimester abortions are going on in Wichita This is the kind of carnage which Roe vs. Wade has wrought. Is it something that the public should be kept in the dark about? Perhaps reporting the full Wichita story would undercut what little support there is for legalized abortion.

The Federal Judge in this case says that the local police have not “dealt adequately” with Operation Rescue. I can imagine the reluctance any policeman of good will would have in leading an 8 month pregnant woman into a place where a near-full-term baby will be snuffed out. The next time you see a newborn baby, imagine if it were his or her lifeless body about to be tossed coldly into George Tiller’s incinerator. Roe vs. Wade was a far cry from a sane, reasoned and human decision. It ought to be overturned.

Liz Brough
Bethel Park, Pennsylvania


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