Kansas Supreme Court to Hold Hearing Wednesday in Planned Parenthood Case

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 7, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Kansas Supreme Court to Hold Hearing Wednesday in Planned Parenthood Case

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 7
, 2009

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — The Kansas Supreme Court will hold a hearing next Wednesday in a case involving an Overland Park Planned Parenthood center under investigation for allegedly doing illegal abortions and falsifying medical records. The abortion business has been feuding with former state attorney general Phill Kline.

The court will determine whether subpoenas Kline issued for medical records from the Planned Parenthood facility can be enforced.

Kline, also the former Johnson County District Attorney, filed 107 charges against the abortion business for allegedly violating state law. Planned Parenthood has been trying to get back copies of the abortion records Kline obtained.

Two judges have determined that the files show "probable cause" that the abortion business violated state abortion laws and falsified medical records. Kline legally received the records during his investigation of Planned Parenthood and transferred them to his new office when he became the county attorney.

The state high court will also hear about four subpoenas Klline filed and a Johnson County district judge quashed for four witnesses to testify in the case.

They include Shawnee County District Judge Richard Anderson, who originally validated Kline’s access to the files, and testified he had reason to believe documents filed by Planned Parenthood with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment had been falsified before 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.

They also include a Topeka attorney and two Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials.

The criminal case against Planned Parenthood, which also includes allegations that it engaged in a felony by making copies of state health department abortion reports that it failed to keep on file as required by law, is on hold.

New District Attorney Steve Howe, who defeated Kline in a primary election for the district atttorney’s spot, will prosecute the case further once the high court rules on the subpoenas.

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