Tiller Takes the Stand

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A doctor accused of violating Kansas' late-term abortion law testified that the executive director of the state's medical board recommended the physician he used for the second independent opinion required for the procedure.

Dr. George Tiller one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers, took the stand Wednesday in his own defense. The Wichita doctor is accused of breaking a state law requiring that an independent Kansas physician sign off on any late-term abortion.

Tiller recalled a June 1999 conversation with Larry Buening, the executive director of the Kansas Board of Healing Arts.

Tiller testified Buening implied the consulting physician, Dr. Ann Kristen Neuhaus, could "come down'' to his clinic to meet with his patients.

Tiller said Buening said "why don't you use Kris Neuhaus and that will take care of all of your problems.''

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