by Steven Ertelt
October 18, 2007
Kansas City, KS (LifeNews.com) — Another battle over the allegedly illegal abortions done at a Kansas City Planned Parenthood abortion center is brewing. Late Wednesday, Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline, the former state attorney general, filed over 100 criminal charges against the abortion business in Overland Park.
The 107 counts include 23 felonies and 84 misdemeanors and they include 29 misdemeanor counts of doing illegal late-term abortions.
The complaints also allege that the Planned Parenthood facility failed to maintain proper records, falsified information, and did not follow laws about determining viability.
A hearing is slated to take place on the charges on November 16.
Peter Brownlie, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, told the Associated Press that the abortion business follows the state law.
“I’ve heard nothing at all about specific charges that have been filed,” Brownlie said. “We always provide high-quality care in full accord with state and federal law.”
Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison, who replaced Kline, dismissed all of the charges Kline filed against the abortion center when he was the attorney general and his spokeswoman Ashley Anstaett told AP he doesn’t think these new charges have any merit.
Pro-life advocates have been closely following the issue and Mary Kay Culp, the director of Kansans for Life, talked with LifeNews.com about it.
"Last year, Morrison used a bogus interpretation of Kansas law in dismissing 30 counts Kline filed against Kansas late-term abortionist George Tiller," she said.
"Eventually, Morrison used it again when he declared the innocence of Planned Parenthood where a judge has now found probable cause to believe that 107 crimes, including 23 felonies, have been committed," she explained.
Related web sites:
Kansans for Life – https://www.kfl.org