by Steven Ertelt
February 6, 2008
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — The grand jury investigating whether late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller violated state abortion laws over the years is seeking more medical records to complete its probe. It has issued a subpoena to new Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six for older records his office has.
Tiller faces charges from both the state attorney general that he did illegal late-term abortions and a grand jury probe contending he violated the law other times over the last five years.
Six confirmed on Wednesday that the grand jury issued two subpoenas seeking 60 records of abortions from Tiller’s Women’s Health Care Services abortion business. His office has the files because of previous investigations of Tiller.
The second subpoena seeks testimony the attorney general’s office received from a doctor who gave a second opinion in some of the abortions Tiller did confirming they are needed for supposedly legitimate medical reasons.
Tiller stands accused of violating state law which requires two physicians to sign off on all late-term abortions done in Kansas.
Six told the Associated Press that his office reviewed the subpoena for the testimony and provided the information to the grand jury.
However, he said he is waiting on a ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court before turning over the abortion records.
As LifeNews.com reported, the Kansas Supreme Court temporarily blocked the grand jury from gaining access to 2,000 abortion records director from Tiller. The court agreed to block the records request until it has a chance to hold a full hearing on the issue.
Both sides have until February 11 to submit legal papers and the Kansas Supreme Court has until February 25 to respond.
"The medical records, we are evaluating what our response will be but are certainly informed by the Supreme Court order that dealt with the same records," Six explained.
Mary Kay Culp, the director of Kansans for Life, talked with LifeNews.com about the subpoenas.
"It continues to be heartening to see the Wichita grand jury ask for evidence, and it continues to be amazing how the powers that be are determined to keep that evidence away from them," Culp said.
News of the subpoenas comes after Six talked with Kansas media about the Tiller case and another against a Planned Parenthood in Overland Park.