Monday, March 23, 2009

Late Term Abortion Doctor On Trial

The outcome of George Tiller trial could have serious impact on the abortion debate. This case gets under way as Planned Parenthood has been totally exposed for covering up the rape of minor girls and outright infanticide.

The nation’s most notorious abortion doctor, George Tiller, went on trial Monday to defend himself against 19 counts of illegal late-term abortions.

* Late-Term Abortionist Admits to Aborting 1 Day Before Delivery
* Abortion Practitioner Tiller Asks for Dismissal of Charges
* Abortion Film '22 Weeks' Disturbs, Exposes
* Pro-Life Groups Pledge to Oppose Gov. Sebelius as Health Chief
* Pro-Lifers to Hold Prayer Rallies During Trial of Late-Term Abortionist

Defense attorney Dan Monnat argued that Kansas is prosecuting Tiller for actions that a state medical board official had supported, according to The Associated Press. The Kansas Board of Healing Arts suggested that Tiller get second opinions for late-term abortions from Dr. Kristen Neuhaus.

The attorney is making the case that Tiller tried to comply with late-term abortion laws by getting advice from the state's medical licensing board and a private attorney.

Prosecutors say, however, that Tiller had an illegal financial relationship with Neuhaus who he relied upon for his second opinion that an abortion is necessary. State law requires a second independent physician to sign off on the validity of late-term abortions.

Neuhaus has been granted immunity from prosecution.

Each of the 19 counts Tiller faces carries a possible penalty of one year in prison and a $2,500 fine, according to Agence France-Presse.

Tiller’s case is being closely watched by both pro-life and pro-choice activists alike because it is expected to set the precedent for other abortion cases in the country.

In Kansas, late-term abortion is legal when a woman’s health is at serious risk.

“The trial of George Tiller is the result of over 25 years of sacrifice by the pro-life community who prayed for this day outside of his clinic under the glare of the blazing Wichita summer sun and in the freezing blustery winds of winter,” says the Rev. Pat Mahoney, director of the Washington-based Christian Defense Coalition, in a statement. “This trial reminds us that God honors faithfulness and dedication,”

Mahoney noted that the trial has national significance and that a conviction will “energize the national pro-life community.”

“Tiller’s trial also shines a national spotlight on the radical pro-abortion policies of Kansas Governor Sebelius as she is being considered for HHS (Health and Human Services) Secretary and the extremist abortion policies of President Obama,” he added.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has close ties with Tiller and other pro-choice groups. In April 2007, Seblius hosted a party to honor Tiller and his entire abortion clinic staff at the Governor’s mansion, according to Wichita-based anti-abortion group Operation Rescue.

Mahoney, Operation Rescue president Troy Newman, TheCall founder Lou Engle, members of the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, and others gathered Monday morning outside the Sedgwick County Courthouse in Wichita, Kan., for a prayer vigil before the Tiller case opened.

Morning prayers at the courthouse will continue at 8 a.m. daily while the trail is in session. A prayer rally will also be held in the evening at Living Word Outreach in Wichita until the trial ends.

If ever there was a time to make progress in defending the unborn, with all the bad publicity, it is now. The problem, however, is that America has elected the most radical pro-abortion absolutist in it's history.

Jesus Christ was clearly concerned about children, so much so that He said that children should not be prevented from coming to Him. I cannot imagine how He must be grieved by what abortion is doing to them.

"People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them." Mark 10:13-16