Wichita, Kansas — A female abortion activist out of the Wichita, Kansas area plans to reopen the abortion facility formerly owned by the infamous George Tiller, otherwise known as “Tiller the Baby Killer.”
Julie Burkhart has long been a supporter of Tiller, and runs a pro-abortion activist group called “Trust Women.” Last year, she purchased Tiller’s former abortion facility, Women’s Health Care Services, from his wife and renamed the location South Wind Women’s Center.
Tiller was known across the country for performing late-term abortions and burning the remains of the dismembered babies in his on-site incinerator.
George Tiller was shot to death in May 2009 while attending services at Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita. His abortion facility has been closed ever since.
However, Burkhart will reopen the facility this week, although she declined to tell the media the exact day when it might occur. She told The Wichita Eagle that she already has appointments lined up at the facility, which she states will offer “comprehensive women’s health care,” including surgical abortions up to 14 weeks in gestation — almost 4 months.
“This clinic is definitely starting to shape up and feel like home again,” she wrote on her organization’s blog in February. “While the anti’s (pro-lifers) tried and failed to keep our doors closed, our contractors have been hard at work, getting the clinic ready to open.”
Burkhart has hired two OB/GYN’s and a physician to fly in from out of state to perform the operations. While the identities of the individuals are not being disclosed, the pro-life group Operation Rescue states that it has learned that one of the abortionists will be Cheryl Chastine of Chicago. Chastine, 31, currently works at Total Wellness, Inc. in Oak Park, Illinois. She has reportedly filed to open a medical association called “Wichita Medical Center” at the same address as South Wind Women’s Center.
“It appears that there will be a public name for the clinic and a secret name under which Chastine and perhaps others will operate,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “This raises legal questions that we are now exploring. The whole thing is less than above board, to say the least. These duplicitous business transactions coupled with her shocking inexperience as a licensed physician raise questions about whether her shady business dealings will be a reflection of what we can expect from her abortion practices.”
There are also concerns among pro-life groups as to whether the facility is legitimately-owned. Kansas law requires that medical facilities be owned by licensed practitioners, but Burkhart does not work in the health field, nor does she hold any type of medical license.
The Wichita Eagle outlines the Burkhart is heading to court this week in an attempt to seek a restraining order against a local pastor, whom she has accused of “stalking” and “threatening” her for speaking out against her ardent support of abortion.