Illegal Fetal Age Deception Scheme Uncovered at Tiller’s Abortion Clinic with Undercover Investigati
WICHITA, Kansas, Jan. 12, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Operation Rescue has released the results of an undercover investigation it recently conducted at George R. Tiller’s late-term abortion clinic, Women’s Health Care Services (WHCS). The investigation involved a pregnant volunteer, known only by her first name, Shaye, who offered to enter the Tiller abortuary, pretending to be a mother seeking an abortion.
At the time when Shaye entered Tiller’s abortuary she was estimated to be at 25 weeks and 5 days gestation, calculating gestation from the first day of her last menstrual period. This would put her baby well beyond the 22 weeks when viability must be determined under Kansas law.
In a sworn statement Shaye said that a WHCS employee conducted her sonogram and determined that her baby was 24 weeks, 6 days gestation, past the threshold of viability. The Tiller employee then tore up those ultrasound photos and threw them into the trash. She took new measurements, telling Shaye her baby was only 23 weeks gestation.
Shaye then easily obtained an appointment for an abortion without having to see the second physician required by law for post-viability abortions.
In order to confirm the actual fetal age of Shaye’s baby, she received two more sonograms on that same day, both of which indicated the baby was beyond 24 weeks gestation.
Shaye had made WHCS aware that both she and her baby were healthy and that the pregnancy was without complications. She did not receive the abortion only because she did not show up for the abortion appointment.
Operation Rescue says that its investigation confirms the testimony of District Attorney Phill Kline, who stated in court last week that evidence he obtained shows that Tiller has performed late-term abortions on healthy women with viable babies. Kline also told the court that he saw evidence that Planned Parenthood referred women in such situations to Tiller for illegal abortions.
"This evidence warrants further investigation by law enforcement authorities," said Newman. "This is convincing proof that, in spite of already facing 19 criminal charges, Tiller continues to flout the law to the danger of women and their babies."
Operation Rescue called on Attorney General Steve Six to launch a further investigation of Tiller, and renewed its call on the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts for an emergency closure of WHCS and suspension of Tiller’s medical license.