by Steven Ertelt
November 5, 2006
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — A state probe into potential illegal late-term abortions and covering up instances of sexual abuse received a national boost as Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline appeared on the Fox News’ "Bill O’Reilly" program. But the publicity upset late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller who wants a probe of his own.
Kline told O’Reilly that records a court allowed him to receive about 90 abortions shows some of the late-term abortions were done in violation of Kansas law.
He also said he needed the records because he can’t prosecute the cases of statutory rape without them.
"One of the first steps for a rapist when they have a child victim and the child is pregnant is to eradicate the evidence of the rape. It’s an absurdity to argue that the privacy of a child, which has already been violated by a rapist, prohibits law enforcement from presenting evidence to a judge," he said.
In 2003 alone, 78 girls under the age of 15 had abortions in Kansas.
According to state law, abortions done after the baby’s viability are only allowed in cases to protect the life of the mother or if continuing the pregnancy would cause "substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function."
O’Reilly added to the doubt about the legality of the abortions when he announced that an unidentified source provided Fox News with documents showing the abortions were done because the women involved complained about "temporary depression."
"Our information says that on almost every medical sheet — and obviously we have a source inside here — it says, ‘depression,‘" O‘Reilly told Kline during the broadcast. "I don‘t know whether you have that information or not — I don‘t know — but that‘s what it says."
Last week Kline won a major legal battle to receive the redacted records, which he says will back up his investigation. His opponent on Tuesday, pro-abortion county attorney Paul Morrison, has already promised to drop Kline’s probe if he is elected.
Tiller decline to appear on the show but has called for an investigation of Kline and O’Reilly, especially into the television news host’s inside source.
"We don‘t know anything about Mr. O‘Reilly‘s inside source," Tiller spokeswoman Sherriene Jones told the Associated Press. "I assumed he was talking about somebody on the inside of the abortion clinics."