Former Abortion Clinic Remodeling While Activists Start Petition

By: Parrish Alleman and Associated Press Email
By: Parrish Alleman and Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

As one group plans to open what would be Wichita’s only abortion clinic, another group met today to try to stop that from happening.

The clinic will be here in what used to be Dr. George Tiller's clinic. Tuesday, Kansans for Life held a rally. They say they're goal is to keep the building closed in order to protect the neighborhood around it.

Each signature on the petition drafted by Kansans for Life, represents one person, who doesn't want an abortion clinic in Wichita.

“There's nothing good about it there really isn't. You know there's plenty of reasons to not do it and there's really no good reason to do it in my opinion,” Fred Pinnaire said at Tuesday's rally.

The city hasn't had an abortion clinic since 2009 when Dr. George Tiller was murdered and his clinic closed. Last fall, the Trust Women foundation bought the building and announced they planned to open a medical clinic that offers abortions.

In the petition, Kansans for Life are asking city and county leaders to do anything they can to stop the clinic from opening; including re-zoning the area around it as residential.

“Protecting them and ensuring that their neighborhood will remain a quiet peaceful place for years to come,” David Gittrich with Kansans for Life said.

Dozens of people signed the petition at the rally , including several state senators and representatives. But the group hopes to get thousands of people to sign over the next few weeks before they deliver it to the Wichita city council at the end of the month.

We tried to get in touch with the Trust Women foundation but our calls and emails haven't been returned.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The former Wichita clinic of slain abortion provider George Tiller is being remodeled to meet new Kansas regulations.

The work is taking place amid growing opposition by anti-abortion activists as the clinic's new owners -- a group called Trust Women -- prepare to open it for the first time since Tiller's 2009 murder.

Trust Women attorney Robert Eye said Tuesday that contractors are modifying the clinic to make sure hallways and interior spaces are big enough to comply with the requirements of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. He says once the work is completed and the building is inspected and licensed, the clinic would open for services.

Meanwhile, anti-abortion activists are mounting a petition drive to the city council and planning commission in opposition to its opening.

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