Abortion CEO committed to ‘keeping Tiller’s legacy alive’ endorses Greg Orman for U.S. Senate in Kansas

'Abortion access is a life-or-death issue for women,' wrote Julie Burkhart,a former Tiller associate and current CEO of South Wind Women’s Center in Wichita.
Mon Oct 20, 2014 - 3:33 pm EST
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A longtime associate of abortionist George Tiller, who is now the CEO of her own Wichita abortion facility, has thrown her support behind Greg Orman in his bid to defeat Republican incumbent U.S. Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas.

“As CEO of South Wind Women’s Center, an organization that provides reproductive health care to Kansas women, I am disheartened that, once again, the lives of women are up for debate,” Julie Burkhart wrote in The Wichita Eagle. “We live in a time when access to abortion is dangerously limited in many parts of this country.”

Roberts' Democratic challenger, Chad Taylor, has dropped out of the race and backed Orman, who supports abortion-on-demand.

Burkhart praised Orman's recent debate with the three-term incumbent last week. Orman said discussing abortion “prevents us from talking about other important issues,” and that Americans needed to start focusing on “big problems.”

"Get past the rights of the unborn?" Roberts responded. He called Orman's statement “unconscionable.”

“I am proud to receive the endorsement from the National Right to Life, and the Kansans for Life,” Roberts said. “I’ll tell you one thing, they don’t think we ought to get past this issue.”

But Burkhart said Orman is “correct that we have focused far too much time and energy on this topic. Abortion access is a life-or-death issue for women, but it’s not something that we need politicians to spend any more time legislating.”

“We need politicians who are willing to step away from abortion and spend their time working to make the lives of Kansans better,” she concluded.

Burkhart, the former leader of George Tiller's political action committee ProKanDo, said she opened the facility as her means of keeping Dr. Tiller’s legacy alive.”

She justified her work by telling the left-wing Mother Jones magazine last year that “abortion is about motherhood.”

“The fact that abortion clinic operator Julie Burkhart is championing Orman for Senate proves that he is radically pro-abortion and out of touch with the majority of Kansans,” Cheryl Sullenger, senior policy analyst at Operation Rescue, told LifeSiteNews.

Sullenger, whose organization is based in Wichita, said her fellow citizens “want to see less abortion in our state and support common-sense safety standards that Burkhart's clinic ignores. With Orman, we will only see less accountability for abortion facilities like Burkhart's, and unfortunately, that means more lives lost to abortion.”

From April 2013 to April 2014, the facility performed 1,200 abortions. Burkhart announced her patient numbers were “right in line with our projections,” and that her business was “financially on track.”

“I feel, of course, positive about that,” Burkhart said. “We have women coming to see us.”

One of SWWC's out-of-state abortionists, Cheryl Chastine of Illinois, told the left-wing news program Democracy Now! in June, “If I allow myself to be deterred during this work, then I am allowing a victory for terrorism.”

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Roberts faces a tough re-election bid. He won his primary with just 48 percent of the vote, facing off against Dr. Milton Wolf, a Tea Party conservative with no prior political experience. Roberts was powered over the finish line by the strong support of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the American Hospital Association, the National Rifle Association, and National Right to Life.

He was expected to crush Democrat Chad Taylor, but instead Taylor and Orman have formed a political alliance committed to abortion rights.

“There's no more hiding behind a phony 'independent' designation for Orman now that he has come out of the closet and sided with liberal, pro-abortion Democrats and the abortion cartel,” Sullenger told LifeSiteNews.

The Senate race is a toss-up. The Real Clear Politics average shows the two in a dead-heat.

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