by Steven Ertelt
May 15, 2006
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — A Kansas judge has ruled that proceedings in an abortion-sexual abuse case will remain confidential. The case involves Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, who is records from two abortion businesses to prosecute cases of statutory rape and potentially illegal abortions.
The centers refuse to help the sexual abuse investigation and filed lawsuits seeking to stop Kline from obtaining the records.
A hearing in the latest chapter of the case was held Friday, but an Associated Press reporter was tipped off on the time and location and attended. Noting the presence of the reporter, Shawnee County District Judge Richard Anderson halted the hearing.
On Monday, Judge Anderson denied a request from AP and the Kansas Press Association to make the hearing public. He also warned the media about publicizing the case.
An AP spokesman said he was disappointed by the ruling and indicated a possible appeal may happen.
"We’re disappointed with Judge Anderson’s decision," Randy Picht, AP’s bureau chief for Kansas and Missouri, said Monday. "And we’re considering our options."
Looking at the case itself, which has been in Anderson’s court already and gone to the Kansas Supreme Court, Judge Anderson agreed in 2004 to Kline’s request for the abortion records.
Planned Parenthood and infamous late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller appealed his decision but the Kansas high court sent the case back to Anderson with instructions to make sure the privacy of the girls having the abortions was protected. Kline said that was his intent all along.
"The court recognizes there are significant intractable political features inherent in this proceeding," Anderson wrote about the case, according to an AP story.
"Neither the investigating law enforcement officer nor any other person subject to the jurisdiction of the court will be permitted to turn the investigation into a means to shape public opinion about abortion policy," the judge added.