Kansas Judge Denies Testimony Request in Planned Parenthood Abortion Probe
by Steven Ertelt
May 28, 2008
Overland Park, KS (LifeNews.com) — A Johnson County judge on Tuesday declined a request from a district attorney looking into potential illegal abortions at a Planned Parenthood to have another local judge testify. Johnson County Attorney Phill Kline wants Shawnee County District Judge Richard Anderson to testify in the case.
Last week, Kline filed a motion with the state Supreme Court asking it to lift its gag order on Judge Anderson and allow him to testify in Kline’s criminal prosecution of Planned Parenthood.
He had also asked a local judge to allow Judge Anderson to testify.
District Judge Stephen Tatum said Tuesday he would not overturn an order from the Kansas Supreme Court to let Anderson testify.
I dont tell the Supreme Court what to do, he said, according to a Kansas City Star report. When we get further direction from the Supreme Court, we will proceed accordingly.
In January, Anderson testified before Tatum that he had reason to believe documents filed by Planned Parenthood with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment had been falsified during Kline’s investigation while he was attorney general.
The records showed, according to Anderson, that the age of the babies involved in the abortions had been altered to hide the fact that Planned Parenthood was engaging in illegal late-term abortions.
Kline said in court Tuesday that the Kansas Supreme Court did not provide a legal reason for preventing Anderson from testifying.
Kline also filed legal papers Tuesday saying Planned Parenthood engaged in a felony by making copies of state health department abortion reports that it failed to keep on file as required by law.
Without Anderson’s documents and testimony, Kline’s charges would lack the evidence necessary for convictions.
Concerned Women for America of Kansas issued a statement after the hearing saying Judge Tatum is continuing his "predictable pattern" of delaying justice.
"Planned Parenthood wants it both ways; they continue, with the help of the court, to delay the process of justice by continually objecting, filing motions, etc," CWAK director Judy Smith told LifeNews.com.
"The people of Kansas and women and young girls are being ill-served by this process of delaying tactics using the smokescreen of privacy," Smith added.