Tiller Grand Jury Blocked

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Tue, 10-30-2007 - 1:05pm

Feminist Daily News Wire
October 30, 2007

Kansas Grand Jury on Tiller Blocked

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday blocked a grand jury investigation of Dr. George Tiller and his Wichita clinic. The grand jury investigation was the result of a citizen petition circulated by anti-abortion extremist groups. Chief Justice Kay McFarland ordered the proceedings delayed until the Kansas Supreme Court decides if the panel should convene in response to a petition filed by Dr. Tiller’s attorneys.

The Tiller petition states that the grounds for the grand jury petition were derived from the illegal distribution of women's health care records, that the empanelment of the grand jury is a bad-faith harassment of Tiller by anti-abortion extremists, and that the proceedings would interfere with a women’s constitutional right to an abortion.

Don Monnat, one of Tiller's lawyers, told the Wichita Eagle that Friday's ruling indicated that the Supreme Court is seriously considering their arguments, and that he expected the Court to take at least a year to rule on the matter.

Media Resources: Wichita Eagle 10/27/07; Associated Press 10/27/07; Kaiser Daily Women’s Health Policy Report 10/30/07

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Tue, 10-30-2007 - 2:22pm

It's about time these witch hunts are stopped!

~Sam

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Tue, 10-30-2007 - 4:47pm

>with a women’s constitutional right to an abortion.<


Can someone please show me where

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 10-30-2007 - 8:32pm
While I do disagree that there is necessarily a Constitutional right of privacy, I would argue that the Constitution does cover within the Equal Protection Clause a woman's right to make her own medical decisions, including the abortion.
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Christianity
neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law
12.0pt;font-family:Forte">. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas
Cooper, February 10, 1814


Sandy