Kansas Abortion Clinic Remodeling to Meet New Regs
The former Wichita clinic of slain abortion provider George Tiller is being remodeled to meet strict Kansas regulations as the abortion-rights group that bought the building prepares to open it for the first time since the doctor was gunned down in 2009 by an anti-abortion activist.
The work is taking place amid growing public opposition by anti-abortion activists who mounted a petition drive Tuesday seeking to rezone the area in a desperate effort to block the opening of a family and women’s health center that will offer abortions, among other services. The Wichita-based nonprofit Trust Women Foundation Inc. purchased the building in late August.
“This effort is yet another attempt to limit access to reproductive healthcare for the women of Wichita and Kansas,” Julie Burkhart, founder of Trust Women, said in an emailed statement Tuesday. “Regardless of their actions, we will continue to bring quality and comprehensive obstetrics and gynecological services to Wichita.”