WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A Sedgwick County judge ruled Monday that the Kansas abortion statute is constitutional and denied a defense motion to dismiss the criminal case against Dr. George Tiller.
The Kansas attorney general's office filed 19 misdemeanor charges against Tiller in June 2007, alleging he broke a 1998 state law requiring that a second, independent Kansas physician sign off on most late-term abortions.
Tiller relied on Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus, of Nortonville, for his second opinion for abortions in 2003, and she had a financial relationship with him that is against the law.
Tiller's attorneys contend that the law creates an unconstitutional burden on a physician's right to practice medicine.
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