Late-term healthy twins counted as ‘severe fetal anomaly’ for abortionist Tiller: former prosecutor
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Phill Kline may know more about the dark underbelly of the abortion business than any other man in America.
The only prosecutor ever to bring charges against Planned Parenthood, Kline, a former Attorney General of Kansas and D.A. of Johnson County, started by investigating child rape, but found more than he bargained for as he dug deeper into the records of Kansas late-term abortionist George Tiller and the local Planned Parenthood affiliate.
“The evidence I found is not unique. It’s just that no one is looking,” Kline said during a talk in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
The attorney described how late-term abortionist George Tiller, whose career ended with his murder three years ago, would contort the meanings of legal restrictions on late-term abortions beyond recognition.
“We had at one point an exception that allowed late-term abortions on viable children if there was a severe fetal anomaly. Dr. Tiller found a ‘severe fetal anomaly’ in instances involving cleft palate, Down Syndrome, and healthy twins,” he said.
“The logic of it is clear: twins are an anomaly, are they not? And they can have a severe economic impact on the family. That’s what happens to the law when you don’t believe in truth.”
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Tiller also had an unorthodox application for an exception for when a pregnancy imposes “severe and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.”
“We have him on tape explaining this,” said the lawyer. “The mind is a substantial part of the body. The child will likely outlive the mother in life expectancy. Since the mother will worry about the child, affecting the mind most likely for the remainder of her life, she is suffering from severe and irreversible damage to a major bodily function, that of the mind.”
Tiller once claimed to have aborted at least 60,000 unborn children.
The Tiller discoveries came as part of Kline’s child rape investigations against Planned Parenthood in 2007, when he filed 107 charges, including 23 felonies, against the local affiliate. Kline says that out of 166 records of girls impregnated under 13 years old, abortion clinics had reported only two as instances of child rape, when the law required that all be reported. The two that were reported, he said, had already hit the media at the time.
Kline described his shock he felt as his investigations deepened and both the judicial system and local media turned on him, in tandem with Planned Parenthood. The abortion giant poured millions into defending itself, said Kline, because a conviction would mean the loss of $350 million in federal taxpayer funds.
Now, Kline is fighting an attempt to have his law license indefinitely suspended. One argument being used against him, he said, is that it was “unethical” to investigate child rape without the victim asking for one - and another is based on his “conflict of interest” for being personally pro-life while investigating abortion.
“It’s Alice through the looking glass. It only gets curiouser and curiouser, where up is down and down is up, and then law becomes about brute power,” he said.
“And that’s why those who can’t be seen because they’re in the womb, those who don’t count in electoral votes, those who can’t write checks, are forgotten in our society and neglected - just as the raped woman or the exploited woman who feels she has no choice but to have an abortion.”
Kline emphasized the critical need to elect local prosecutors willing to take on unregulated abortion businesses.
He referred to the “House of Horrors” Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was only prosecuted because of a DEA search warrant on drug abuse based on his sale of scrips. Gosnell’s is now on trial for the murder of several babies killed with scissors to the back of the neck after being born alive during abortions.
“There are more Doctor Gosnells than the one being prosecuted,” said Kline.