See previous posts, “Tiller trial opens to abortionist fatigue,” and “Tiller trial Day 1 recap.”
Day 2 of the trial of KS abortionist George Tiller, accused of breaking KS law by getting a 2nd opinion for late-term abortions from an abortionist with whom he had financial ties, saw that abortionist, Ann Kristin Neuhaus, retake the stand.
IMO, the most interesting Neuhaus factoid was that she wore the same jacket as the previous day and looked “disheveled,” according to Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue, twittering from inside the courtroom. Tacky.
But maybe Neuhaus is just broke after several medicinal practitioner malfunctions. Despite her protests, prosecutor Barry Disney reminded the court Neuhaus has been disciplined by the KS Board of Healing Arts once for failing to keep proper records of controlled drugs dispensed and another time for failing to provide informed consent, failing to properly monitor aborting patients, and forcibly aborting a mother against her will – for which her license was revoked.
So Neuhaus had her license back but no patients when taking Tiller’s gig to rubber stamp his post-viable abortions.
But enough about Neuhaus. On to Day 3 and Tiller’s testimony. On the stand Tiller appeared zombielike. Perhaps he accidentally lobotomized himself when trying to suction brains out of a half-born baby….
At any rate, while trying to prove Neuhaus didn’t work for him, Tiller slipped twice. According to the Associated Press:
When the prosecutor questioned Tiller on Wednesday about the conversation with Buening, Tiller replied: “When she was working for me — correction, when she was providing consultations for the patient …”
And according to Operation Rescue:
Tiller… discussed how long it took to make arrangements for Neuhaus to begin consulting for him.
“When someone new was going to join your organization, it would take time [to set up],” he said.
As Hugh Grant’s character so well put in the movie, Knotting Hill, “Whoopsy daisy.”
This morning the defense rested, according to OR, and the jury of 6 was sent home while the 2 sides now “hammer out the jury instructions that will be presented… tomorrow after closing arguments.”
One final fact, according to the AP:
Tiller estimated that he performed 250 to 300 late-term abortions in 2003, each costing an average of $6,000.
That’s $1.5 to $1.8 million.
But Tiller’s not doing it for the money. He’s doing it for the mothers and babies… and for his daughters? According to the LAT:
Tiller became emotional as he told the jury why he continues to practice, even though he and his staff have been harassed for years by anti-abortion protesters, one of whom shot him in both arms as he left work in 1993.
” ‘Quit’ is not something I like to do,” Tiller said. He has not closed shop, he said, because his patients need him and he has the “strong support” of his family — including his wife of 45 years, three daughters (two of whom are physicians), a son and 10 grandchildren.
He said that one family conversation crystallized in his mind the importance of his work.
“My daughters came into my study,” he said. “I was reading. And they said, ‘Daddy, if not now, when? If not you, who? Who is going to stand up for women with unexpected and badly damaged babies?’ I had the support of my family, and we were able to proceed ahead.”
Oh, cry me a river… of blood.
[Top photo courtesy of OR; bottom photo courtesy of the LA Times]