Saturday, February 5, 2011

The War Rages in Wichita

Dr. George Tiller
        Wichita, Kansas has long been a focal point in the war on abortion. It was home to the clinic of Dr. George Tiller, one of only three abortionists in the country who specialized in late-term abortions. His willingness to abort babies very late in the pregnancy garnered national attention and earned him the infamous title "Tiller the Baby Killer."

        For years, peaceful protesters routinely opposed the practices of Dr. Tiller, and pressure from civil authorities was mounting against him. However, on May 31, 2009 a lone gunman took matters into his own hands and killed the abortionist.

        Although Tiller was a killer of babies, the gunman was wrong for taking personal vengeance on him. God ordained civil authorities to punish wrongdoers (Romans 13:1-4), not private citizens. The fact that the authorities had failed to punish Tiller up to that point does not give one the right to act presumptuously.

        Since the death of Dr. Tiller, the wearied city of Wichita has been free from abortions. That may soon change, however, if a family practitioner gets her way. Dr. Mila Means, who has been training once a month at an abortion clinic in Kansas City, plans to start performing abortions at her clinic in Wichita. The only thing stopping her is a temporary restraining order.

        Foliage Development, Inc., filed suit against Dr. Means because of a provision in her lease that prohibits "creating a clear nuisance to and disturbing the peaceful possession of all other tenants." Three tenants have already threatened to move if abortions are done there.

        It is unclear whether or not the court will allow Dr. Means to perform abortions at her current location. She may have to move elsewhere within the city. One thing that is clear, however, is the long fight ahead. "Whoever thinks they can set up an abortion business in Wichita has seriously underestimated the resolve of this community to remain abortion free," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "All peaceful and legal means will be used to prevent the further loss of innocent life by abortion in a community that is more than weary of it." And so, the war rages in Wichita. 

        [Addendum: An AP article, dated Feb. 14, states that Dr. Means has agreed not to perform abortions at her current location, delaying the lawsuit by her landlord. Means is seeking alternative office space.] 

Copyright 2011 

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