Abortion-Rights Activist Plans Wichita Clinic

July 12, 2011 - 1:14 PM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A woman who once ran the political action committee for slain abortion provider George Tiller is raising funds to open a clinic in Wichita, where he was murdered.

Julie Burkhart says the lobbying group she now leads, Trust Women, hopes to open a clinic offering first-trimester abortions and other women's health services in the city in about a year. The group is trying to recruit a qualified doctor.

Abortions have not been openly performed in Wichita since Tiller was slain in May 2009. Burkhart says Trust Women has raised about 25 percent of the money it needs for the clinic in pledges and commitments.

Kansas has drawn national attention over new health department regulations for abortion providers. A judge has blocked the rules until a lawsuit by providers is resolved.