by Steven Ertelt
October 1, 2007
Overland Park, KS (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life groups previously launched a petition effort to get a grand jury to investigate late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller of Wichita. Now they are gathering signatures for a similar effort against Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, which operates an abortion business in this Kansas City suburb.
The coalition includes Concerned Women For America and Operation Rescue, among others and they are hoping to rely on the same seldom-used state law they invoked in the Tiller case.
That law allows thousands of citizens to sign petitions to convene a grand jury to investigate cases where local officials do not follow through when residents believe they should.
In this case, the probe would cover the abortion business that Attorney General Paul Morrison, who backs abortion, recently clear of any wrongdoing in connection with supposedly doing illegal late-term abortions.
The groups say the Planned Parenthood abortion business failed to report suspected child abuse and suspected child sexual abuse, failed to comply with state laws requiring parental notification and a 24-hour waiting period, and failed to follow the standard of care in providing medical advice or failure to conduct medical procedures as required by Kansas statute.
"It is time to get to the bottom of what is really going on inside Planned Parenthood," Operation Rescue president Troy Newman told LifeNews.com. "We believe this investigation could have national implications, especially if indictments are returned."
"Because of the innocent lives that are at stake and seriousness of the allegations, there is a sense of urgency to get this grand jury underway as soon as possible," he added.
Kansas is one of only six states that provides for the citizen’s petition to compel a county to convene a grand jury.
Approximately 3,500 signatures of registered voters in Johnson County are required. The Coalition’s goal is to gather 5,000 signatures in the next few days.