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Tiller Clinic Sold. Guess to Who?
In a move that will surely enrage Operation Rescue, Troy Newman, Cheryl Sullenger and Kansans for Life (it's probably not going to make the guv'nor too happy either), the former clinic of Dr. George Tiller has been sold to a non-profit foundation called Trust Women. The foundation is led by Julie Burkhart, a former employee of Dr. Tiller's. Jeanne Tiller, Dr. Tiller's widow, had retained possession of the property since his murder.
Trust Women has announced that they intend to reopen the clinic as a full service women's clinic. I don't think it takes a wink and a nudge to know what that means.
One hopes this foundation has deep pockets. They will need them for a number of reasons.
1. The bully boy anti-abortion groups in Kansas will try to do what they do best; tie this place up in court over and over again for years and force them to spend thousands of dollars on legal fees.
2. They will need security equal to that of of a Colombian drug lord. In the past, the clinic has been bombed and it's former owner non fatally shot. At one point, Dr. Tiller admitted he never took the same route twice to and from his clinic and, after he was shot in the arms, he began wearing body armor. All it took was one moment of laxness, something he thought he could do in a church, and it killed him.
3. They will have to fulfill, right down to the millimeter, all of Kansas' new TRAP laws; laws that were designed with only one purpose in mind, cost the clinics money and run them out of business.
Operation Rescue has already announced they are reforming the same protest unit to harass women and litter the street in front of the clinic that they had during the former owner's residence.
This entire thing follows closely on the heels of another bit of news that silently slid by most Lawrence residents. Riding high on their successful act of getting the license of Dr. Kristin Neuhaus revoked, on September 18th, Operation Rescue filed ethics complaints against AG Derek Schmidt and Johnson County DA Steve Howe in the wake of the failed criminal charges against Planned Parenthood.