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Reopened Wichita Clinic Serves 1,500 Patients in First Year

Reopened Wichita Clinic Serves 1,500 Patients in First Year

April 7, 2014 — The South Wind Women's Center, which opened last year at a facility formerly run by murdered abortion provider George Tiller, has served about 1,500 patients and performed 1,200 abortions during its first year of operation, the AP/Wichita Eagle reports.

According to the AP/Eagle, the clinic -- which is the sole abortion facility in Wichita, Kan. -- opened in April 2013 in the same building where Tiller had offered abortion care up until 2009, when he was murdered by an antiabortion-rights activist. The clinic was closed for about four years after Tiller's death, until his widow sold the building to the abortion-rights group Trust Women.

Trust Women reopened the clinic last year and offers reproductive health care services and abortion care to patients from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

Julie Burkhart, founder of Trust Women, said that the patient numbers are "right in line with our projections" and that the facility, while still in debt, is financially "on track." However, she also said that "in this line of work, with the legislation that's become law and the political climate, our work at times feels tenuous as best," adding, "It's disconcerting feeling like another shoe could drop."

Meanwhile, a new report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment found that 7,479 abortions were performed in the state last year. According to the department, that figure is the second-lowest number of abortions since 1987 (AP/Wichita Eagle, 4/3).