The Federal Election Commission has dismissed Operation Rescue’s complaint against the political action committee of the Trust Women Foundation, the group that re-opened the former clinic of slain Wichita doctor George Tiller.
Operation Rescue alleged that money from Trust Women’s PAC wrongly helped fund South Wind Women’s Center.
A news release from Trust Women said the group has disbanded the PAC “due to an interest in pursuing other avenues of advocacy at this time including providing direct health care services at South Wind Women’s Center and working to increase access to reproductive health care in the Midwest and South through Trust Women Foundation.”
Trust Women’s PAC made loans totaling $8,410 to South Wind and disclosed the loans to the FEC.
The federal agency said the loans were legal and if there were questions about whether they were improperly repaid with funds from a corporation – as opposed to an individual or partnership – the amounts were small enough that pursuing the issue “would not be an efficient use of the Commission’s resources,” according to the Associated Press.
“I am happy that the commission dismissed these unsubstantiated and spurious complaints. Our only aim at Trust Women is to work to protect reproductive rights and health for all people,” said Trust Women founder Julie Burkhart, who worked with Tiller.
Anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder murdered Tiller in 2009 while the doctor was at church. Tiller was a target for anti-abortion protestors because he performed third-trimester abortions, one of few doctors to do so.
The AP reported that Cheryl Sullenger, Operation Rescue’s senior policy adviser, said there were still questions about Trust Women’s former PAC.
“Maybe that’s small potatoes for them,” she said of the FEC, “but for us it seems to be an ethical violation that demands a close inspection of their records.”