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Kan. abortion clinic opens in tribute to doctor

WICHITA, Kan. — A new clinic offering abortions and other women’s medical services saw its first patient Thursday in the Wichita building where a slain Kansas abortion provider had practiced.

The South Wind Women’s Clinic opened nearly four years after Dr. George Tiller, one of the nation’s few doctors performing late-term abortions, was gunned down in his church by an abortion opponent in May 2009.

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The shuttered facility was bought by an abortion-rights group, Trust Women Foundation, which reopened it as a family and women’s health center offering abortions and other health care services.

Tiller was one of the few remaining physicians in the nation who did late-term abortions.

The Trust Women Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 by Julie Burkhart, who worked with Tiller for seven years. The foundation bought the property from Tiller’s wife in August.

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