Abortion fight defines Kansas prosecutor race

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Associated Press

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 3 at 8:31 PM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — There's no escaping abortion politics in Wichita, where the race between two Republicans for district attorney could come down to who voters believe is a stronger opponent.

Abortion rights supporter Nola Foulston is retiring after 24 years with no Democrat running to replace her. Foulston led the successful prosecution of the man who shot and killed Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider.

Both candidates have worked for Foulston. Kevin O'Connor says he recommended at one point that charges be brought against Tiller for failing to get second opinions from independent doctors before performing abortions.

Meanwhile, Deputy District Attorney Marc Bennett is trying to distance himself from Foulston after an anti-abortion activist accused him of receiving donations from Democrats she solicited on his behalf.

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