Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six Talks About Abortion Litigation

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 6, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 6,
2008

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — New Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six made his first comments on Tuesday about the status of abortion litigation in the state. He talked about two cases — one against a Planned Parenthood in Overland Park accused of doing illegal abortions and falsifying medical records and late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller.

Six’s predecessor, David Morrison, who stepped down at the end of January after revelations he had an affair with a subordinate, filed charges against Tiller for doing illegal late-term abortions.

Tiller should have had a second physician certify that they were within state law, but he failed to do so.

Six said the staff attorney in his office who has been handling the Tiller case will remain on it, according to the Lawrence Journal World newspaper.

The Tiller case has included a legal battle over whether a grand jury probing him can obtain 2,000 abortion records to determine whether he followed state law. The medical records would be redacted.

Six didn’t comment on whether he thought the records should be given to the grand jury but told the newspaper he wants to ensure that the privacy of the women is intact.

“I’m very concerned about the privacy of patients’ medical records, and I’m going to do everything I can to help maintain the privacy that goes along with patient-doctor medical records,” he said.

"I don’t have any plans to change the direction of that case other than to let it run its course," he added.

Morrison eventually dismissed the charges against Planned Parenthood in the other case, but Johnson County Attorney Phill Kline filed 107 charges against the abortion business for violating state law.

Six told the Kansas City Star he had no intention of reopening the case Morrison dismissed.

"The decisions on that I think have been made. It’s been looked at. I don’t have any agenda I’m pursuing to reopen that case," he said.