Wichita Dr. George Tiller will provide free abortions for poor women Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
Anti-abortion groups said Sunday they planed to protest when Tiller provided the free, first-trimester abortions for Medicaid recipients at his Women's Health Care Services clinic in Wichita.
Tiller said in a news release that he hoped the free abortions would draw attention to the increasing pressure being placed on abortion rights.
Tiller has made similar offers in the past to mark the anniversary of the Jan. 22, 1973, Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Last January, he provided free abortions to protest a policy that allows federal money to cover the cost of abortion for a low-income woman only when a pregnancy threatens her life or is a result of rape or incest.
Donna Lippoldt, the administrator of Operation Save America-Wichita, said Tiller was not benevolent and made millions of dollars performing abortions. The group protests Tiller's clinic almost daily, offering medical and child care, baby supplies and other services to women considering abortion.
She said the anti-abortion group, along with many Wichita churches, would have a larger protest Saturday "just to let George know we won't fall for his pranks."
Tiller has been the focus of anti-abortion groups because he is one of the few physicians in the country who performs late-term abortions. His clinic was bombed in 1985, and he was shot in both arms by an abortion protester in 1993.