Any clinic that offers abortions today would have to look very different from Dr. Tiller's clinic.
In the years since his death state law regulating abortions has changed. A lot of the changes are very detailed and deal with things like re-defining terms such as abortion, medical emergency and human being as far as Kansas law is concerned. Others set requirements for licensing clinics that provide abortions and limit who can receive one.
Dr. George Tiller's clinic always attracted a lot of attention. It was one of a handful that offered abortions in Kansas and the only one to perform late term abortions. After his death the clinic closed and, since then, the law has changed.
In 2009, state legislators passed a bill requiring doctors who use ultrasound in preparation for an abortion to offer the patient an ultrasound and picture for free at least a half hour before the procedure.
In 2011, they changed the law to state an abortion can only be performed after 22 weeks of pregnancy if the mother's life can be proven to be in danger, or she is in danger of suffering lifelong debilitating complications.
They also set new licensing requirements for clinics that provide abortions, including ordering them to have the equivalent of a hospital E.R. or surgical center at the clinic and requiring any physician performing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic.
Governor Brownback signed a law requiring minors to get notarized authorization from a parent, or a court order, in order to get an abortion. Legislation also changed the legal definition from a fetus to an unborn child in state law.
In 2012, legislators added a law stating that no doctor or hospital can be required to perform, make a recommendation for or refer a patient for an abortion if they don't want to.
Some of those laws remain in limbo due to court challenges from groups like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. For example, just last month a Kansas judge upheld a lawsuit challenging the state's new licensing requirements, putting them on hold until the case finishes making its way through the court system. But any clinic planning to open its doors in Kansas and offer abortions would have to be prepared to comply with all those laws.