The Executive Director of the Kansas Board of Healing Arts , Jack Confer, resigned unexpectedly from his position Monday, October 19th. The Kansas City Star finally reported it six days later.
In the interim they found room on the Sunday, Oct. 25th front page to run an exclusive article about several activists auctioning items on eBay to fund an aggressive justification defense for Scott Roeder, the man who allegedly killed Kansas late-term abortionist George Tiller. By Wednesday, October 28th, eBay pulled the auction, but not before Rachel Maddow interviewed Tiller defense lawyer, Lee Thompson, on her MSNBC program, and not before a Star editorial lamented the eBay auction, and insisted mainstream pro-life groups and churches speak out against violence against abortionists.
Come on! Because the Star gave exclusive, worldwide attention to three individuals auctioning a few things on eBay, churches and groups like ours are obliged to once again decry violence? We have always decried violence, and we denounced the murder of Tiller immediately and strenuously.
I had a long talk with a managing editor of the Star about their selective reporting and irritating position. I tried to be understanding. I knew that their capitol reporter was on furlough last week. And yes, I know very well that news and editorial departments are separate, but it was only after that conversation that the Star did a Confer story. Thankfully, they seem to appreciate there is way too much mystery surrounding this resignation—and we can’t help thinking Confer’s departure is directly tied to our attempt to get the Board to revoke the licenses of four abortionists who worked for Tiller.
We felt it was important for potential abortion profiteers interested in coming to Kansas to know that under new executive director Jack Confer, our Board of Healing Arts was finally taking their job seriously about stopping criminal post-viability abortions.
We became even more concerned last month when former Tiller abortionist, Leroy Carhart of Nebraska, told a Wichita KSN TV reporter (who told us) about plans to open a LATE-TERM abortion clinic by December 1st, either in Omaha or on the Kansas side of Kansas City!
If it is really to be located in one of the two cities, Omaha seems less likely with Carhart already under investigation by the Nebraska Attorney General for allegations from four former Carhart employees that he performed abortions while “chemically altered” and re-used unsterile equipment. For several reasons, we chose not to publicize the possibility of Carhart coming to Kansas City, but made sure to share it with the Board of Healing Arts, via Mr. Confer, in order to underscore the urgency of the Board acting against criminal abortionists.
We thought that the stalled discipline of 4 other licensees involved with criminal post-viability abortions at Tiller’s clinic from 2003-2006 would be brought to the Board’s attention by Mr. Confer at their meeting October 16th. We never heard whether that discussion happened; all we heard was that Jack Confer had “resigned.”
Our press release about the Confer “resignation” is posted on this blog below.
An essay I wrote and which appeared in the Kansas City Star in 1995 decrying violence as a ‘pro-life’ tactic entitled “Murder Inside and Outside Abortion Clinics” is HERE.
The delayed KC Star article about the Board of Healing Arts is HERE.
The AP article from Lawrence Journal World reports that one doctor on Board voted against Confer resignation and one doctor abstained HERE.
Tonight’s new KC Star article reporting the Boards continued silence and the Board’s new interim director is HERE.