Phill Kline Wrongly Targeted For Taking on Planned Parenthood

Opinion   |   Rita Diller   |   Oct 19, 2011   |   9:55PM   |   Washington, DC

What happens when a prosecutor takes on the corrupt abortion industry in a state that has been governed by abortion-lobby-endorsed politicians and Supreme Court justices appointed for life by a pro-abortion governor? What if he files criminal charges against Planned Parenthood that could result in the loss of its federal funding?

The answer is revolting but not surprising: A protracted public scourging, vitriolic character assassination by a state supreme court justice aided by local media, and eventual suspension of the law license of one of the bravest, most dedicated men ever to step up to the plate to fight Planned Parenthood.

That man is former Kansas attorney general Phill Kline. His  protracted battle against Planned Parenthood and late-term abortionist George Tiller reached another low point this week as a disciplinary panel convened by the Kansas Supreme Court recommended suspension of Kline’s law license.

The final suspension decision rests with the Kansas Supreme Court. The court consists of a majority of justices appointed by former Kansas governor, now HHS head, Kathleen Sebelius, who is a friend of Planned Parenthood and of deceased late-term abortionist George Tiller. The court is still headed by the same justice who severely castigated Kline and threatened disbarment in 2008, even as she was forced to vindicate his legal efforts because the law was on his side.

Some of the facts of this situation, as reported by Jenn Giroux, former head of HLI America, who has been closely involved with this case:

1. Phill Kline was the first prosecutor ever to obtain redacted abortion records and the first to charge Planned Parenthood with criminal charges. This case is still pending but has been delayed and obstructed by the actions of the Supreme Court in gagging a key witness, among other things.

2. All charges were supported by every judge who has reviewed the records.

3. Phill Kline’s investigation revealed that during a time when 166 abortions were performed on children in Kansas, Planned Parenthood only reported one case of child rape.

4. Federal law requires that Planned Parenthood forfeit its $350 million plus in federal funding if convicted of failure to report child rape.

As Giroux says, “These findings against Phill Kline are nothing but an effort to distract from the real and condemning evidence against Planned Parenthood. To be clear, none of these findings impact the underlying evidence against PP and (the original charges against) Tiller. Although the theme for years is that the investigation was flawed due to Phill Kline’s actions, nothing in this report affects that evidence or claims [that] any of that evidence, or Phill Kline’s representation of that evidence, was false or misleading.”

Action Alert: We urge all citizens to contact Kansas governor Sam Brownback and the Kansas Supreme Court Justices, via our Defund Planned Parenthood Action Center, (Click here), to express grave concern that Phill Kline is being intentionally destroyed by those who wish to protect Planned Parenthood from prosecution and loss of funding for failure to report child rape. It is urgent that you act today to insist that Phill Kline be vindicated, and that Planned Parenthood be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for failure to report child rape. Please pass this request along to your e-mail lists. Note: Rita Diller is the national director of American Life League’s Stop Planned Parenthood Project.