After Tiller

Nebraskan to Offer 3rd Term Abortion

A Nebraska doctor said today that he would begin offering third-term abortions in Kansas after abortion provider George Tiller was shot to death in his church. “There will be a place in Kansas for the later second- and the medically indicated third-trimester patients very soon,” said Dr. LeRoy Carhart of his plans. While Nebraska outlaws abortions of fetuses that could ostensibly survive outside their mothers’ wombs, Carhart has performed late-term abortions at Tiller’s clinic in the past in Kansas, where abortions are legal after the 21st week of pregnancy if the pregnancy puts the mother’s life in danger or severely impairs a bodily function, including mental health. Carhart said that since Tiller’s death May 31, he’s already seen an influx of patients at his clinic in Bellevue. Tiller’s family announced yesterday that his clinic in Wichita is permanently closed; Carhart is keeping quiet on whether he’ll work at an existing practice or open his own facility.