A women’s health organization has purchased the shuttered Wichita, Kan., abortion clinic operated by the late George Tiller and plans to reopen the facility, says the Associated Press.
The Trust Women Foundation, a nonprofit group led by a former employee of Dr. Tiller, bought the building in late August and plans to offer first- and early second-trimester abortions and other obstetrical and family-planning services. The group’s founder, Julie Burkhart, said she has been trying to raise money for months to open a clinic in Wichita.
Dr. Tiller, whose clinic had long been the target of protesters, was murdered at his church in May 2009 by an anti-abortion zealot. The killing left most of Kansas without an abortion provider, with the state’s three remaining clinics all located in the Kansas City area.
“It’s about more than abortion. We’re about serving the needs of women,” Ms. Burkhart said. “Thousands of women right now have to travel three hours-plus for medical services. It’s a burden on women. It’s a burden on women’s families.”