Kansas Doctor acquitted in 45 minutes (after years of investigations)

From the NY Times:  “WICHITA, Kan. — After years of investigations and four days of testimony, jurors here took just 45 minutes on Friday to acquit a controversial abortion doctor of charges that he performed 19 illegal late-term abortions in 2003.”

Dr. George Tiller showed little emotion as he was led from the courtroom by a sheriff’s deputy. 

This trial had attracted attention from both sides of the choice issue, and the court room was packed with Operation ‘rescue’ supporters.  

“The Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, called the verdict “a setback.” Mr. Mahoney said that had jurors voted for conviction, “they would have put him out of business.” But Mr. Mahoney, who had predicted that the trial would “energize” anti-abortion forces, said it was a “very technical case” that was not relevant to other legal and legislative challenges to abortion.”

see: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/28/us/28abortion.html?ref=us

Pro-Choice in HHS!?

Apparently because Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D), President Obama’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services, vetoed a “late term abortion” law, and hosted a reception in the Gov. Mansion for reproductive choice clinic owner Dr. George Zwiller, some anti-choice groups oppose her nomination.  Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, and Patrick Mahoney, executive director of the Christian Defense Coalition, are oppossed to the nomination.

In one word: “Good!”  I am thrilled these people and their followers are not backing the candidate.  (More than one word).

From the post: “Sebelius has won backing from several pro-abortion rights organizations who point out several steps Sebelius has taken they say have reduced abortions in the state. Catholics United even launched a website — CatholicsForSebelius.org — backing her nomination.”

see the whole story in:http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/sebelius-to-face-questions-over-abortion-2009-03-01.html