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A pro-choice organization has purchased the Kansas abortion clinic building once run by the late Dr. George Tiller, who performed late-term abortions until being murdered in 2009.
The Trust Women Foundation, which is overseen by former Tiller employee Julie Burkhart, was identified as the owner of the facility in documents filed with the Kansas Secretary of State's Office.
According to the website McClatchy DC, the building that once had Tiller's "Women's Health Care Services" clinic was initially owned by Jeanne Tiller, Dr. Tiller's widow.
While no specifics have been announced and the foundation did not return comment to The Christian Post by press time, many believe the building will become an abortion clinic once more.
The Trust Women Foundation's website lists among its goals to "open clinics that provide abortion and maternal health care; full spectrum reproductive health care."
Earlier this year, on May 31, Trust Women held a tribute event in honor of the late Dr. Tiller, whom the group identified as "an inspiration to reproductive healthcare professionals and advocates."
Dr. George Tiller was one of the few late-term abortion providers in the United States. Before his murder, Tiller was under investigation by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts due to 11 petition allegations made against him.
On May 31, 2009, Tiller was murdered while serving as an usher at Reformation Lutheran Church by Scott Roeder, who was described in reports as being strongly anti-abortion and anti-government. The following year, Roeder was sentenced to life imprisonment.
In June 2010, Tiller's family announced that his clinic, which opened in Wichita in 1975, would be "permanently closed" effective immediately.
"This is a bittersweet moment for us at Operation Rescue. We have worked very hard for this day, but we wish it would have come through the peaceful, legal channels that we were pursuing," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman in a statement.
"We believe we were very close to seeing disciplinary action taken against Tiller's license that would have closed this clinic through due process."
In response to the apparent reopening of the Wichita facility, Mark Gietzen, president of the Kansas Coalition for Life, released a statement saying his organization would restart their daily protests of the site.
"KCFL volunteers intend to be on-site to offer financial help, housing, and other forms of direct support to abortion-bound women who feel forced into having an abortion by circumstances beyond their control," said Gietzen.