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Kansas doctor who performed late term abortions is acquitted

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 30 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1329
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    George Tiller, a Kansas doctor who is one of the few doctors in the United States to perform late abortions, has been acquitted on 19 counts of criminal misdemeanour. The jury of three men and three women in Wichita took less than an hour to reach its decision.

    The case may play a part in hearings beginning on 31 March on the nomination of the governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius, as head of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

    Ms Sebelius, a Catholic, has said she opposes abortion, but she vetoed a law that would have placed further restrictions on abortion in Kansas. However, on 27 March she signed a bill that requires abortion clinics to …

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