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Pro-Life Leaders Ask For Federal Investigation Into Tiller Case

Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Outreach & Media Coordinator, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue


WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 /Christian Newswire/ -- Two national pro-life leaders have met with members of the Kansas Congressional delegation and the Department of Justice to ask for a federal investigation into why Kansas officials are not prosecuting late-term abortionist George R. Tiller on thirty criminal charges brought by the former Kansas Attorney General.

Rev. Pat Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition of Washington, DC and Dr. Gary Cass, Executive Director of Coral Ridge Ministries’ Center For Reclaiming America announced yesterday that they personally met with Sen. Sam Brownback, Rep. Todd Tiahart, and the staff of Sen. Pat Roberts to ask for a federal inquiry into the lack of willingness by certain Kansas officials to uphold Kansas laws. The leaders expressed concern that by not enforcing the abortion laws, women’s civil rights have been placed “at serious risk and jeopardy.”

Tiller was charged in December with thirty counts related to illegal late-term abortions by then Attorney General Phill Kline. The charges were dismissed the following day after District Attorney Nola Foulston complained to Judge Paul Clark that the Attorney General’s office has no authority to file criminal charges in District Court without her expressed permission. Judge Clark did not read the charges or review the evidence before dismissing the case.

The merits of the case have never been questioned. Two other judges ruled that, based on the evidence submitted by Kline, there was probable cause to believe that Tiller had committed the crimes with which he was charged.

“We are very grateful for the efforts of Rev. Mahoney and Dr. Cass in pressing forward with the request for a federal investigation, and we especially appreciate members of the Kansas Congressional Delegation taking the time to discuss this important issue with them,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “This is literally a matter of life and death.”

“We are convinced, based on public records and our own investigations, that the State has a strong and compelling case that Tiller has indeed committed illegal abortions on viable babies in violation of Kansas law,” said Newman.

“Innocent lives continue to be at risk, along with the civil rights of women,” said Newman. “Since local authorities refuse to enforce the law, federal intervention is necessary to preserve the rule of law and the lives of innocent children, which the law was enacted to protect.”

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