by Steven Ertelt
November 1, 2006
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline says his office has already received the 90 records he was seeking from two abortion businesses in his investigation into whether young girls who were victims of statutory rape had abortions. Kline indicated he is reviewing the records for possible crimes and to see if the abortion facilities withheld information.
Kline is looking to see if the sexual abuse took place and whether the abortion centers may have also done illegal late-term abortions.
He indicated the records were turned over October 24 by Shawnee County District Judge Richard Anderson
His office received the abortion records weeks ago, he told the Associated Press, even though he has been embroiled in a legal battle with the Planned Parenthood center and one run by infamous late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller.
"They’re being reviewed by criminal investigators and criminal prosecutors in this office," Kline told AP about the records.
However, Pedro Irigonegaray, a lawyer for the Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri abortion center operated in Overland Park, claims the records won’t show any wrongdoing.
"What he now has in his hands are facts regarding procedures, not identifications of individuals receiving those procedures," Irigonegaray told AP. "Those facts do not justify Mr. Kline’s involvement in any further criminal action — none whatsoever."
Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life, told the Associated Press her group is happy Kline is trying to enforce the law.
"What few laws we have, there needs to be an attempt to enforce them, or why do we even have them?" Culp said. "If he doesn’t attempt to enforce abortion laws, who else is going to?"
Kline’s work has already resulted in a man who raped his stepdaughters receiving 27 years in prison. An unnamed man raped his 11 and 12 year-old girls and the rapes resulted in four pregnancies, one of which ended in an abortion.
The release of information about having the records and pursuing the criminal investigation is important because Kline has been attacked in his race for re-election by pro-abortion Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison, the Democratic nominee. Morrison has said he would stop the investigation and harshly criticized Kline.
Tiller has been spending lavishly supporting Morrison’s campaign through two political action committees he operates.