Kansas Pro-Life Groups Submit Petitions For Abortion Center Probe

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 25, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 25,

Overland Park, KS (LifeNews.com) — A coalition of pro-life groups officially turned in the petitions they’ve gathered to call for a grand jury to investigate the Planned Parenthood abortion business that operates just outside Kansas City. They say the abortion business has violated the law repeatedly — and more often than they have been charged.

The abortion center has already been charged by the county attorney with over 100 violations, but the pro-life groups believe there are more.

The groups submitted over 6,300 signatures of registered voters in Johnson County, Kansas, demanding an investigation into alleged criminal activity at the Planned Parenthood from 2004 through 2007.

The Coalition, which includes Operation Rescue, Concerned Women For America, and Women Influencing the Nation, gathered nearly twice the required number of signatures.

By law, the county will have 60 days after the required signatures are submitted to convene the Grand Jury.

In a statement to LifeNews.com, the coalition says Planned Parenthood President and CEO Peter Brownlie is lying to the media and public about what’s going on at his abortion business.

On October 17, he told the Associated Press that his abortion center doesn’t perform any abortions past the 22nd week of pregnancy.

However, Planned Parenthood’s web site indicates that "Our primary service is providing abortion services from 4 to 23 weeks gestation, based on the patient’s last menstrual period (LMP)."

It further states that the cost for abortions between 22.0 weeks and 23.4 weeks is $2,185.

"If Planned Parenthood isn’t doing abortion past 22 weeks, why do they say they do on their website, and even list the cost for the abortions Brownlie says do not take place?" Operation Rescue president Troy Newman told LifeNews.com.

The petition asks the grand jury to look into seven allegations including illegal abortions, failing to report suspected child sexual abuse, providing false information, illegal trafficking in fetal tissue, and failure to comply with the 24-hour waiting period and parental consent requirements of Kansas law.

Attorney General Paul Morrison, who backs abortion, cleared the abortion business of any wrongdoing earlier this year in connection with supposedly doing illegal late-term abortions.

However, that didn’t stop pro-life advocates from launching the campaign or Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline from filing charges against Planned Parenthood.

Last week, Kline, the former state attorney general, filed over 100 criminal charges against the abortion center.

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.