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While Kansas doctor George Tiller is still fighting accusations of illegally aborting 19 viable babies, an undercover sting operation conducted by a pro-life organization revealed his clinic intentionally underestimating fetal age and viability to dodge state laws.
According to a sworn statement, a pregnant mother calling herself “Shaye” received a sonogram from Tiller’s clinic determining her baby was beyond the allowed legal age of abortion, but the test’s administrator “threw it into a trashcan” and recalculated a lesser gestational age. The clinic scheduled Shaye for an abortion four days later.
Shaye, working undercover with the pro-life organization Operation Rescue, later that day received two additional sonograms from other medical centers, both showing the baby beyond the legal abortion age. Further, even at the age recalculated by Tiller’s clinic, the abortion four days later would have still been beyond the age of viability.
“This evidence warrants further investigation by law enforcement authorities,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman in a statement on ChristianNewsWire. “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.”
As WND reported, Tiller, whose abortion work was featured in a recent profile by WND columnist Jack Cashill, faces accusations for aborting viable babies without obtaining the legally required, independent second opinion affirming the medical necessity for late-term abortions.
According to Kansas law, if a clinic determines a fetus past the age of viability – a gestational age of 22 weeks, or 23 with sonogram equipment – a second, independent physician must agree that the abortion is medically necessary.
When Shaye entered Tiller’s Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, however, the sonogram showed her baby to be nearly 25 weeks. According to Shaye’s statement:
The woman who gave me the ultrasound at WHCS was Lindsey Alejandro. She informed me that my baby was 24 weeks, 6 days gestation. I told her that I did not think I could be that far along, so she told me she was going to try something else.
At that point, Ms. Alejandro tore off the ultrasound photo that showed 24 weeks, 6 days gestation and threw it into a trashcan. She remeasured the baby from another angle and the measurements came up as 23 weeks gestation.
Ms. Alejandro told me that I could have the abortion because it is a woman’s choice up until 24 weeks.
A video created by Operation Rescue detailing Shaye’s account can be seen below:
“The evidence shows there is no doubt,” said Newman, “that fetal ages and viability are being intentionally misstated by WHCS in order to do abortions that would otherwise be illegal.”
Shaye did not receive the abortion, only because she did not keep her abortion appointment.
In court testimony last week, following a six-week break in the Tiller case, former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline said that he had discovered evidence that Planned Parenthood had conspired to circumvent Kansas abortion law by referring women to Tiller for late-term procedures, even though the women were over legal threshold of 22 weeks gestation.
If convicted in the ongoing case, Tiller could face 19 years in jail.