Tiller is one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers. He is on trial this week in Sedgwick County District Court on 19 misdemeanor charges stemming from abortions he performed at his Wichita clinic in 2003. He is accused of breaking a state law requiring that a doctor performing a late-term abortion first obtain a second opinion from an independent Kansas physician.
Prosecutors allege that the doctor he used for a second opinion had improper legal and financial ties to Tiller. The defense argued she came to his clinic for consultations for the convenience and safety of patients.