All the keening surrounding the murder of abortionist George Tiller stands in stark contrast to the silence when he and his staff killed Christin Gilbert, a mentally disabled teenager.
Christin was 19 years old when her parents brought her to Tiller. She was 28 weeks pregnant. Her baby had a greater than 90% chance of survival had it been delivered. And Christin was in good health. Kansas law required that post-viability abortions only be done if necessary to prevent the death or the woman, or if continuing the pregnancy would cause permanent loss of a bodily function. Again, Christin was in good health.
Like all Tiller's third-trimester abortion patients, Christin spent most of the time at a motel, attended by her family. When she lost consciousness after the expulsion of her dead baby, her family loaded her up and took her back to Tiller's facility. While the abortionist du jour, LeRoy Carhart, was performing CPR, Tiller staffer Marguerite Reed told the 911 dispatcher that Christin was awake and conscious and talking. When medics arrived, they mistook Carhart for a bystander because of the amateurish attempts he was making to resuscitate his patient.
Christin Gilbert died of multiple organ failure caused by massive infection.
The rich, politically-connected abortion magnate whose cavalier practices and incompetent staff killed her? He didn't even get chided by the state. And he's being eulogized as a hero.
Not to Christin. And not to anybody who cares about girls like Christin.