Thursday, February 15, 2007

Kansas: Phill Kline's Ahab-like pursuit of abortion doctor is kaput

By Diane Silver

It's done.

Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline's chase after his own white whale -- abortion provider George Tiller -- is finally and officially over.


Anonymous said...

That's what you think. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems to me that there is an abortion clinic right there in Overland Park, where Kline now has unfettered jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute the players in the abortion industry.

So, I guess you can't ever take killing babies for granted when Kline is around.

Diane Silver said...

Hi. Thanks for posting, and I do mean that, even though it seems that you and I are on opposite sides on some issues. I welcome every comment that's written in a civil tone.

What my very brief post says is that Kline's pursuit of Tiller is officially over. Tiller is in Wichita, and as Johnson County DA, Kline has no jurisdiction over Tiller.

You're right, though. Kline can pursue the Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park and make life awful for folks who are trying to provide health care to families. He can ignore everything else the clinic does and attack it for providing abortions, which are currently legal.

Personally, I would never chose to have an abortion. Luckily, I was never put in that position, and I'm beyond the age where that is an issue. But the sad truth, at least to me, is that abortion, choice and the whole topic of what is or is not pro-life are not easy, simple issues.

I wish it were as black and white as simply saying that babies are being killed. But what happens to those babies once they are born if they aren't wanted? Society refuses to take much responsibility to care for them. What happens to the young women who are desparate and seek back alley abortions if abortion is made impossible to get? What happens if birth control isn't readily available? What happens if support for poor families isn't available? (And most times it isn't today) what happens if the life of the mother is in jeopardy? and on and on...

Those are just a few of the issues.

What I dream of is a society where children are wanted and families are supported. I want an economy where families who work hard can get the financial resources they need to support their children. I want a world where young couples have access to birth control and the education, both practical and moral, that they need to act responsibily. What I want to see is a world and society where abortion isn't an issue because unwanted children are no longer an issue.