Kansas Judge Denies Planned Parenthood Motions in Abortion Hearing

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 25, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Kansas Judge Denies Planned Parenthood Motions in Abortion Hearing

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 25
, 2008

Overland Park, KS (LifeNews.com) — In the latest chapter of the saga involving a local district attorney who brought charges against a Planned Parenthood for allegedly doing illegal abortions, falsifying medical records, and breaking other state laws, a judge has asked both sides to clear legal motions with him.

Johnson County Judge Stephen Tatum on Thursday asked both District Attorney Phill Kline and Planned Parenthood to not file any more legal motions in the case without checking with him first.

Although the Kansas City Star newspaper originally reported the judge went after Kline alone, Judge Tatum wants both sides to stop the large number of legal filings in the case.

The decision stemmed from complaints from Planned Parenthood that Kline had made public a previous ruling that allowed him to transfer abortion records he obtained as the state attorney general to his district attorney office.

The records allegedly build Kline’s case that Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri and its Comprehensive Health clinic in Overland Park violated state abortion laws.

The ruling was attached to legal papers Kline filed on Monday in an effort to get abortion reports from the state health department to use in prosecuting the abortion business.

Kline said the seal on the decision was lifted earlier this month and that he did nothing wrong in including it in the papers.

During the hearing the abortion business requested, Judge Tatum denied several Planned Parenthood motions that stemmed from the dispute.

They included motions to seal the legal papers, to not consider the brief Kline filed, to hold Kline in criminal contempt, and to dismiss the case entirely.

Kline and pro-life advocates have gone the rounds with the Kansas City Star’s coverage of his case against Planned Parenthood.

The district attorney has previously said the paper has focused more attention on his involvement than recognizing the lack of patient privacy concerns or Planned Parenthood’s false claims to the media.

Meanwhile, Rep. Lance Kinzer, the sponsor of a comprehensive abortion reduction measure Gov. Kathleen Sebelius recently vetoed, held a press conference Thursday with other state legislators accusing the state health department of violating the law in refusing to turn over the abortion reports.

"We have this continued recalcitrance by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to follow the clear law of the state of Kansas and allow this prosecution to go forward,” Kinzer said.

"KDHE has consistently failed and refused to properly perform its obligations to ensure that late term abortion providers report the medical reason and basis used to justify aborting viable unborn babies," Kinzer and the legislators added.