by Steven Ertelt
October 19, 2005
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline is continuing his investigation on whether abortion businesses failed to report the statutory rapes of girls who came to their facilities pregnant. Kline’s office has unveiled new data showing 62 births to girls aged 15 and younger since 2003 and at least 30 had not been reported as possible statutory rapes.
Kline released the figures at a Tuesday press conference as his battle with two abortion businesses continues to try to get medical records from them for his investigation.
"An extraordinary procedure has been initiated through the Kansas Supreme Court as it relates to a narrow portion of our investigation that has brought forth information in a public nature. We felt it was appropriate to share this information with you at this time," Kline told reporters.
The Kansas Supreme Court is still considering whether or not to honor subpoenas issued by a Shawnee County District Court judge requiring a Planned Parenthood abortion center and the late-term abortion facility in Wichita run by George Tiller to provide Kline with access to records on 90 patients.
Kline says he needs to examine the records to determine if girls who had been victims of statutory rape had abortions and to determine if any late-term abortions were performed in violation of Kansas law.
The Kansas high court heard the case in September and may release its ruling later this month.
Kline did not say where the records of the births came from, but some may have come from public documents and doctors or medical facilities may have furnished some of the others.
He indicated that 30 cases were previously unknown to local prosecutors and many of them involved fathers who were about 7 to 10 years older than the mothers, aged 10-13 at the time.
"The younger the child, generally, the older the male perpetrator," Kline said.
Abortion advocates panned the press conference and Jana Mackey, director of the Kansas National Organization for Women, told the Associated Press it was a "last-ditch effort" to justify his investigation.
Related web sites:
Kansas Attorney General – https://www.ksag.org