Pandemic may shutter abortion clinic

Sedgwick County may force a Wichita abortion clinic to close. The suggestion has drawn considerable comment from both opponents and advocates.


State News

March 31, 2020 - 10:10 AM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An official in the Wichita area wants to temporarily close an abortion clinic during the coronavirus pandemic that has spawned another outbreak of cases at a Kansas nursing home.

Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell said Monday that he will ask the commission to shutter the Trust Women Wichita Clinic at Wednesday’s meeting by stripping abortion clinics from the list of “essential” businesses that can stay open during county and statewide stay-at-home orders, The Wichita Eagle reported.

Julie Burkhart, founder and CEO of the Trust Women clinic, said the proposal was “unethical” and “unconscionable.” The clinic replaced the practice of late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller after he was shot to death by an anti-abortion activist in 2009.

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