Kansas Supreme Court Decision Won’t End Abortion-Rape Case

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 14, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 14, 2005

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — A final decision by the Kansas Supreme Court on whether state Attorney General Phill Kline can get access to records from abortion businesses may not be the final word on the debate. Staff at the abortion centers say they will tell the girls whose records Kline is seeking that they should file a lawsuit to prevent him from getting them.

The debate began when Kline asked the abortion facilities for records of abortions on minor girls and late-term abortions. He is concerned that girls who have been statutory raped received abortions and the abortion centers did not notify authorities about the sexual abuse.

The Kansas Supreme Court will rule later this year on whether he can have access to the records.

But, Peter Brownlie, president of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, told the Associated Press the abortion business would help the girls find attorneys to block Kline’s efforts further.

"If the court decides to go forward, we will make every effort to contact every one of the women to make sure they have the opportunity to assert their rights to privacy," he said.

"Some of them, I’m sure, will want to stand up and say, ‘Hey, wait a minute. That’s my information and I want to have a say in this,’" Brownlie said.

Kline’s office told AP that the files are vitally important to helping prosecute statutory rape cases and pointed out that a county judge agreed he should have access to them.

"The attorney general has made it very clear that he does not need to know the identities of the women; he does, obviously, need the identities of the children," who’ve had abortions, said Kline spokesman Whitney Watson.