Legal Battle Not Over for Abortion Doctor

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The legal battle is not over for late-term abortion Dr. George Tiller.

Tiller left court Friday after a jury found him not guilty of charges stemming from abortions he performed at the Wichita, Kan., Women's Health Care Services clinic in 2003.

During the trial, he testified that he performed 250 to 300 late-term abortions in 2003. Tiller charged an estimated average price of $6,000 per abortion.

He told jurors that he is only one of three doctors in the U.S. who currently perform late-term abortions.

State Medical Board Acts

Despite the not guilty verdict, Kansas State Board of Healing Arts will move forward with its disciplinary petition against Tiller.

Tiller's license to practice medicine could be suspended, revoked or dramatically restricted by the board.

The board filed the petition in December listing 11 allegations against the doctor, but did not make it public until after Tiller's acquittal.

"Violations alleged include performing an abortion on a fetus that was viable without having a documented referral from another physician not legally or financially affiliated with him," board officials said in a statement.

The allegations also include "unprofessional or dishonorable conduct or professional incompetency and commitment of acts likely to deceive, defraud or harm the public."

A spokesperson told CBN News that the board delayed announcing the petition, because it paralleled the criminal case.

A hearing has not been scheduled.

Sources: CBN News, LifeNews.com, Kansas City Star

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