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By Michelle Malkin  •  June 28, 2007 03:51 PM

Abortionist George Tiller will be charged in Kansas by the Democrat Attorney General:

A doctor who performs abortions was charged Thursday with violating Kansas law on late-term procedures, a surprise move from a Democratic attorney general who recently unseated a prominent anti-abortion Republican.

Attorney General Paul Morrison filed 19 misdemeanor counts alleging that Dr. George Tiller, one of the few U.S. physicians performing late-term abortions, got second opinions from a doctor who was not financially and legally independent from him, as the law requires. Morrison’s predecessor, Phill Kline, had unsuccessfully prosecuted the same doctor for different reasons.

At a news conference Thursday, Morrison described the allegations as a “technical violation” of a 1998 law restricting late-term procedures. “And it’s my job to enforce the law,” he said.

Man, if only our Department of Homeland Security chief had that attitude.

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The pro-abortion Morrison had defeated anti-abortion AG Phill Kline in last year’s general election The Topeka Capital-Journal reports:

Morrison’s announcement today was a surprise. A day earlier, his spokeswoman had confirmed that Morrison, an abortion-rights Democrat, wouldn’t pursue 15 reporting-related charges Kline had filed. Also, abortion opponents had said repeatedly that they didn’t think he would prosecute Tiller and had tried to build public pressure on Morrison to refile Kline’s case.

Morrison said today that Kline’s charges were “incorrect and based on a political agenda,” and insisted that his own case “was not about politics or pursuing a personal agenda.”

“During our review of Kline’s 30 mistaken charges, we found a pattern — a pattern of referrals from one physician,” he said.

The abortions in question involved cases in which patients were more than 21 weeks pregnant and the fetuses were able to survive outside the womb. Under such circumstances, Kansas law requires two doctors to conclude that if the pregnancy continues, a mother-to-be will face death or “substantial and irreversible” harm to “a major bodily function,” which has been interpreted to include mental health.

According to Morrison, Tiller listed the second doctor as Ann Kristin Neuhaus, who was included on Kline’s list of potential witnesses in his criminal case.

Life News has more on other charges Morrison dropped against Planned Parenthood and Tiller.

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