Abortion Charges

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ An attorney whom one of the nation's few
late-term abortion providers consulted is expected to resume
testifying tomorrow.

Rachael Pirner took the stand today in the trial of Dr. George
Tiller. He is on trial 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 two Kansas physicians
without legal or financial ties sign off on any late-term
procedure.

Prosecutors allege that the physician used for the second
opinions Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus was essentially an employee of
Tiller's.

Pirner told the court today that she advised Tiller on what he
needed to do to avoid a legal and financial affiliation with
Neuhaus.
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She said the advice was influenced by a conversation that Tiller
reportedly had with Larry Buening, then executive director of the
Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which regulates doctors.

Tiller testified earlier today that Buening suggested he use
Neuhaus for second opinions. Tiller testified Buening implied
Neuhaus could ``come down'' to his clinic to meet with his
patients.


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