Slain Kansas Abortion Doc's Clinic Reopening
Protesters seek rezoning to block facility
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 22, 2013 11:01 AM CST
Grafitti reading "babies killed here" is written on the curb outside the Women's Health Care Clinic in Wichita, Kan., Monday, June 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – After George Tiller was killed in 2009, his abortion clinic in Kansas shut down. This spring, it will once again open its doors—but not without plenty of controversy, the Huffington Post reports. An abortion rights group purchased Tiller's former building, but anti-abortion activists are fighting the reopening. As it stands, local women must travel 150 miles to seek an abortion. Reopening the clinic "is absolutely one of the most difficult things I have had to do in my life," says Julie Burkhart, head of the group that now owns the building.

The feud comes as the Roe v. Wade decision sees its 40th anniversary today. The clinic has seen roadblocks and Burkhart's home has been picketed. Anti-abortion activists have garnered thousands of signatures on a petition calling for rezoning that would prevent the clinic from opening. They point to traffic and other local disturbances that they say the clinic would spawn. "We can't stop an abortion clinic, but we can stop it from going in there," says an activist. While rezoning would be possible, barring an abortion clinic can't legally be given as a reason, according to a city attorney.

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Jan 22, 2013 9:59 PM CST
So, what has this forum taught me? Both sides want to kill each other over the abortion issue. Both sides won't compromise. Having your birthday on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade sucks.
Jan 22, 2013 5:18 PM CST
When a fetus no longer relies on it's mothers body to survive then there should be no provision for abortion. Until then it is part of the mothers body and it's her decision on whether to abort.
Jan 22, 2013 4:42 PM CST
One day Socrates was giving a open air class, and posed the question "what is a human?" After much discussion and little agreement, the only common consensus was that humans were two legged creatures without feathers. Then someone listening from outside threw a plucked chicken into the middle of the group. So, Right to Lifers, please define exactly what is meant by the term "human life." How do you test for what IS and what IS NOT human life?