Kirsten Andersen

Former Tiller late-term abortion facility slated to reopen this spring

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Kirsten Andersen

WICHITA, January 23, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – The abortion facility where infamous late-term abortionist George Tiller killed thousands of nearly full-term babies before he was fatally shot in 2009 is slated to reopen this spring, despite community efforts to stop it.

The clinic, which has been closed since Tiller’s death, was the site of constant protests.

Tiller was the most notorious of a small group of practitioners who openly perform abortion in the final trimester of pregnancy.  His clinic was the sole abortion facility in Wichita, and women from around the world traveled there to have their late-term babies aborted.  After his murder, his family decided to close his clinic and abandon the abortion business entirely.  

That’s when Julie Burkhart, who formerly worked with Tiller on political and legislative issues, founded an abortion advocacy group with one goal: bring abortion back to Wichita.

It took 2 ½ years to plan a new clinic, but Burkhart’s “Trust Women Foundation Inc.” now owns the Tiller property.  Renovations have been underway inside the nearly windowless building, but after Burkhart’s group failed to file the required permits, pro-life group Operation Rescue sued to stop construction.

“The abortion clinic hasn’t even opened and already it is showing a disregard for the law and for the lives and health of women. If they can’t do a simple thing like pull the appropriate building permits, then they can’t be expected to obey the state’s abortion or standard of care laws, either,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue, who filed the complaint.

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“If this clinic is allowed to reopen, it is only a matter of time before their gross disregard for the law lands more women in the hospital emergency rooms just as Tiller’s abortion operation did,” added Sullenger. “It’s as sure as the sun rising in the east.”

Sullenger said that her group will not back down from their fight to stop the facility from re-opening.  “Once they get the permits we'll be off to the next thing – we will try to persuade contractors not to work there,” she said.

Mark Gietzen, chairman of Kansas Coalition for Life, is helping with a petition drive led by Kansans for Life asking the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission and Wichita City Council to rezone the property, which is located in a quiet residential area, to prevent a clinic from opening there.

Several thousand signatures have been gathered in the online petition drive, according to David Gittrich, development director of Kansans for Life. The petitions will be presented next month.

“We can't stop an abortion clinic, but we can stop it from going in there,” Gietzen said.  He suggested a commercial area would be a more appropriate location.

At a meeting of the city council last month, city attorney Gary Rebenstorf said the council had the right to rezone the property, but under state law the official reason for the switch could not be to stop an abortion clinic.

If Burkhart succeeds in reopening the clinic, it will be called “South Wind Women’s Center.”

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Nearly two-thirds of LGBT voters vote Democratic: poll

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Just 21 percent of self-described homosexual, bisexual, or transsexual Americans support the Republican Party, according to a new Gallup poll. Sixty-three percent of the same population supports Democrats.

The numbers are sharply different than those identifying as non-LGBT -- 42 percent of Americans are Republican or Republican-leaning, while 44 percent of heterosexual Americans support the Democratic Party.

Similar differences exist for support for how President Obama is doing his job. Sixty-one percent of LGBT Americans approve of the job he is doing, compared to 33 percent who do not. Forty-two percent of non-LGBT Americans support the president, while 53 percent do not.

Only 20 percent of LGBT Americans say they are conservative, compared to 38 percent of heterosexual Americans, and 46 percent are liberal, compared to 23 percent of heterosexual Americans. 

Despite their low support for the GOP, Americans who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual have long had influence in the party.

The Log Cabin Republicans is holds some clout in Washington political circles, and the now-defunct GOProud was a cosponsor at multiple Conservative Political Action Conferences (CPAC). CPAC is one of the largest and most important annual gatherings for conservative activists, candidates, and politicians.

The Log Cabin Republicans formally back same-sex "marriage," as did GOProud. This week, the group announced a list of Republican mayors who back the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a favorite legislative tool of the homosexual movement. ENDA would make it illegal to hire or fire employees on the basis of sexuality, among other aspects. A religious exemption was included in the version passed by the Senate in 2013.

Former Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Ken Mehlman, who was considered a "closeted" homosexual during his term, publicly declared that he was gay in 2010. Earlier this year, a Politico article highlighted a number of Bush-era White House employees who worked for the junior Bush but opposed his pro-marriage rhetoric and policies.

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The sitting chairman of the RNC, Reince Priebus, said last year that Republicans should treat homosexuals with "dignity and respect." At CPAC 2014 in March, he also said that the GOP is “a party that believes marriage ought to be between one man and one woman. That's our party platform, and it's a position I've never backed away from."

"What I have said, though, is that we need to treat each other with grace, dignity, and respect. And that's not code language. It comes out of the New Testament. And so there should be no confusion about where we stand, and so that's where we are,” said Priebus. Moments later, he also said that he is "not walking on down the street" announcing his position against same-sex relationships, "but if someone wants to ask me...I didn't dance” around the issue.

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey estimated that 2.3 percent of Americans identify as homosexual or bisexual.

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Austin abortion facility is the 17th to close in Texas since November

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Yet another abortion facility is closing its doors in Texas due to more stringent health and safety regulations enacted last year.

The North Austin office of Whole Woman's Health, its flagship location, has become the 17th abortion business to shut its doors due to H.B. 2, according to local media.

Whole Woman's Health CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller said in a statement that the closure “of Whole Woman’s Health of Austin is the result of politicians acting against the women in our state when they passed HB 2.”

“Knowing that our facility does not meet the physical plant requirements of HB2′s ASC provision, we unfortunately had to make the difficult decision to not renew the license,” Whole Woman’s Health spokeswoman Fatimah Gifford told the Dallas News.

In order to meet the required health standards, "we basically need to take it down to the footprint and rebuild the facility.”

Thanks to provisions in the law, signed by Gov. Rick Perry last July, which require abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and demand that abortion facilities meet the same requirements as other ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), three of Whole Woman's five locations have gone out of business.

When requirements that all abortion offices meet ASC specifications go into effect in September, it may lower the number of abortion facilities in the state to as few as six.

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Miller is joining in a lawsuit to suspend that part of the law. The trial begins Monday.

Miller holds out hope that the lawsuit will allow her business to “possibly even reopen some of the Whole Woman’s Health clinics that HB forced us to close.”

Claire Culwell

Dear post-abortive moms and dads: you have already been forgiven

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By Claire Culwell
Twenty-six years ago my biological mother tried to abort me. The abortion took the life of my twin, but miraculously, I survived.

Dear post-abortive moms and dads,

Let me introduce myself. My name is Claire and I’m an ordinary person just like you. Although I can’t relate to what you have been through because I haven’t had an abortion, I have been severely affected by abortion and have a unique perspective that you probably haven’t heard before.

There are so many people who can encourage you in your healing from the hurting and regret from your abortion experience, but I wanted to write to you from my unique perspective.

So many of the words and stories that you hear about abortion will hurt; they will take you back to the day that you had your abortion…a place you likely don’t want to go. My hope is that even though this letter takes you back, it “frees” you in a way from the hurt, regret and the unknown of that choice that was made.

Twenty-six years ago my biological mother had an abortion when she was pregnant with me. The abortion took the life of my twin but miraculously, I survived. I know that I survived for a reason and one of the reasons, I’d like to think, is so that I could share love, forgiveness and truth with people like you who have been affected by abortion, especially those who have had one.

A past abortion can steal your life. You have to make the decision to overcome that. Not only do women deserve better than abortion; they deserve better than the aftermath of abortion.

I hold no anger towards my biological mother; I know she was doing what she had been told and thought was best. I know that is common for many. I am aware that the clinics that offer abortions do not tell their clients about all of their options in a loving and open-minded way. They have one goal in mind: to sell the abortion. I also know that hurtful words can keep parents who have experienced an abortion from healing and forgiving themselves like they deserve.

You can’t take back the years that have been missed, but you can prepare for the years that are ahead.

No one deserves to live a life in bondage to past pain or regret, so that’s why I’m writing you. I want to tell you what I see in my biological mother: the woman who aborted my twin, who attempted to abort me twice, but also, the woman who gave me life. As you read about her, please remember that your child sees you too. He/she sees your regret and your pain but most importantly, your beauty, your talents, your laughter, your hope.

And even if it’s hard to accept or believe—you baby would forgive you too!

When I think of my biological mother (whom I have met) I think of the girl who was lied to, who was treated with disrespect by doctors who saw a dollar sign on her forehead, and my heart aches for her. I wish I could have hugged her on the day of her abortion, held her hand and comforted her. I wish there were people who had told her she could do it…but the past is the past. To live in the past and wonder about the “what ifs” is pointless because here we are.

I want my biological mother to live in the present, to be free of the pain and to see herself as the beautiful woman that she is. She has so much to offer the world! She is caring, talented and gifted. She is an incredible mother to my three half sisters and I am so grateful that she raised them to be the women that they are becoming today. She is a loving and fun grandmother. I am so glad that she gets to experience the joys of little ones running around every day. She deserves that!

When I see her face in a picture, I see Jesus. He created her flawlessly! He, too, has forgiven her. In fact, he no longer keeps record of the past. I see change and I see hope. Ultimately, I see a gift from God! She is special and she means so much to me.

A past abortion can steal your life. You have to make the decision to overcome that. Not only do women deserve better than abortion; they deserve better than the aftermath of abortion. You can be free of this pain. You can forgive yourself. There is hope in the midst of pain due to a past abortion!

When you beat yourself up and feel like there’s no way to overcome…Always remember that you have ALREADY BEEN FORGIVEN. 


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