Tiller Reopens To Sparse Business After Record Closure
Sidewalk counselors save one baby as Lowe's delivers building materials
Wichita, KS - August 22, 2007 - Abortionist George R. Tiller reopened his late-term abortion mill today for early term patients after having been closed a record total of 38 days. Abortionist LeRoy Carhart reported for work this morning and pro-life supporters observed six women enter the abortion clinic for abortions, far below the usual numbers.
Sidewalk Counselor Donna Lampkin reports that one baby was spared when a couple changed their minds about abortion at the gate of the clinic and became resolved to keep their baby.
"While the death of every baby is a tragedy, we rejoice in the one life that was spared, and are relieved that more children were not scheduled for death today," said Operation Rescue spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger.
A delivery truck from Lowe's Home Improvement Store was seen delivering a load of drywall and other materials. Tiller supporters maintain that the clinic's closure was due to damage sustained during an incident of vandalism in early July, something Operation Rescue has doubted because there has been no evidence of building repairs until today.
Sullenger made phone calls to Lowe's corporate office, filing a complaint and asking Lowe's to stop supplying materials to Tiller's abortion business.
"The people I spoke with at Lowe's seemed concerned that this had happened, and promised to look into the matter immediately. I let them know clearly that I would not be shopping at Lowe's until this matter is resolved," said Sullenger. "If people in the community would stop doing business with Tiller, his illegal abortion clinic would be out of business sooner rather than later."
Tiller faces 19 criminal charges for having committed illegal late-term abortions and faces up to 19 years in jail if convicted.
Tiller's mill was closed for a record 25 straight days over July and August, breaking the record set during the 1991 Summer of Mercy protests of 11 straight abortion-free days. Operation Rescue moved its headquarters to Wichita to focus efforts on Tiller and his late-term abortion business.
"We are very grateful for even a temporary respite in the killing here in Wichita," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "Over the years we have been blessed to see over two dozen abortion mills permanently close due to the use of our innovative new tactics. We are working very hard to make sure that the next time Tiller's abortion mill closes, it will be for good."