Sunday, December 23, 2007
Kansas Abortion Opponents Anxious About Appointment of New Attorney General
Via AP/ Joplin News:
Abortion opponents are watching the appointment of a new attorney general closely and don’t trust Gov. Kathleen Sebelius because of her support for abortion rights.
They oppose one potential appointee, Securities Commissioner Chris Biggs, because of unsuccessful efforts by Wichita abortion provider Dr. George Tiller to help elect Biggs to the office in 2002.
Attorney General Paul Morrison, a Democrat elected last year, plans to leave office Jan. 31 because of a sex scandal. Anti-abortion groups frequently criticized Morrison over his handling of abortion issues and remained angry about his successful campaign to oust Republican incumbent Phill Kline, an abortion opponent.
The state constitution gives Sebelius the power to appoint someone to fill the remaining three years of Morrison’s term. The new attorney general will take over a prosecution of Tiller already derided by abortion opponents as not aggressive enough.