07/03/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

George Tiller's Clinic To Reopen, 'Resume Normal Operations' [UPDATED]

UPDATE: The Wichita Eagle is reporting that Tiller's clinic will not be resuming operations on Monday, "countermand[ing] a statement by longtime clinic doctor LeRoy Carhart":

"The family of Dr. George Tiller would like to clarify statements made about the plans for Women's Health Care Services, P.A. The family's hope is that the valuable work of Dr. Tiller will be able to continue, but there have been no final decisions made about the long-term plans for the medical practice.

"There is currently no plan to immediately reopen the clinic, and no patients are being scheduled at this time. The Tiller family's focus, of course, is to determine what is in the best interests of the employees and the patients."


After a week of closure to mourn the death of murdered physician Dr. George Tiller, the clinic he founded, Women's Health Care Services, will reopen on Monday and "resume normal operations." This is according to Dr. Leroy Carhart, who, along with two other physicians, served on the clinic's rotating staff. McClatchy has the news:

"What people need to know is... the women's services that we provided for 30 years are not going to change," Carhart said. "The same abortion services will remain available in Wichita."


"Starting next Monday we should be back to 100 percent," he said.

The sorts of services the clinic has historically provided were aptly described earlier this week by Susan Hill, President of the National Women's Health Foundation:

Those included women diagnosed with cancer who needed abortions to qualify for chemotherapy, women who learned late in their pregnancies that their wanted babies had fatal illnesses, and rape victims so young they didn't realize they were pregnant for months. "We sent him 11-year-olds, 12-year-olds who were way too far along for anybody [else] to see," said Hill. "Eleven-year-olds don't tell anybody. Sometimes they don't even know they've had a period."

Those services also included this, and also this.

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