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Operation Rescue names Kline its man of the year

Kansas attorney general wins award after losing election

December 18, 2006

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— Operation Rescue, a national anti-abortion group, today gave outgoing Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline its man of the year award.

Kline received the award for his investigation into two abortion clinics, said Troy Newman, president of the organization.

Kline has said he is investigating allegations of sex offenses and illegal late-term abortions. The clinics have accused Kline of going on a politically motivated fishing expedition.

Kline was defeated in the general election in November by Democrat Paul Morrison, who made an issue of the investigation during the campaign.

Newman said of Kline, "It would have been politically expedient to have walked away from his investigation in order to save his political career, but instead he chose to stand on integrity and principle."

Kline was then appointed by Republican Party precinct officials to take Morrison's place as Johnson County district attorney.

Operation Rescue gave its woman of the year award to Leslie Unruh for spearheading an abortion ban in South Dakota. The law was repealed in the November general election .

Comments

MyName 8 years ago

LOL, dang Marion, you violated Godwin's law with your first post, you really don't want to "win" this pointless internet debate this time.

Tell us some more about the Nazis, Marion, because that really improves your intellectual standing. America is overrun by Nazis and Communists and only you, and other likeminded induhviduals, are smart enough to see it! I have seen the light!

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years ago

Congratulations General Kline. And thank you to everyone working to end abortion in America.

jonas 8 years ago

. . . no matter how many laws need to be reinvented.

yourworstnightmare 8 years ago

"Christian Taliban Ideologue of the Year" is more like it.

How pathetic to give your "Man of the Year" award to the biggest loser of the year in Kansas. But funny.

Kansans do not care for Phillll Kline and tire of the hateful politics of dogma and ideology from the anti-abortion christian right.

bearclaws 8 years ago

Ha!! In your face, Phil Kline! I was named Time's Man of the Year, and you had to settle for some piddly anti-abortion organization. Hope the plaque they give you looks good next to your "Kansas Attorney General Runner Up" trophy sitting on your mantle

BrianR 8 years ago

I am fascinated by the insane idea that overturning Roe will somehow end abortion. It WILL NOT end abortion. Wake up.

Baille 8 years ago

Funny, I read the the American Mathematical Society just gave out its Lowest Common Denominator Award to Operation Rescue.

There must be a connection...

gabbo 8 years ago

Winning an award from these people would be near the last thing I would ever want to accomplish. We are lucky, not living in JoCO, that Phill can no longer watch us. A 60/40 loss in an incumbent AG race is a public uprising against a candidate. Seems like NAMBLA giving an award to Mark Foley.

yourworstnightmare 8 years ago

"I am fascinated by the insane idea that overturning Roe will somehow end abortion. It WILL NOT end abortion. Wake up"

No, the only thing that will end abortion is preventing women from having sex or killing them if they do. The muhammedan taliban does this quite nicely. They force women out of the public eye, make them wear burkhas when in public, and kill them if they are raped or have sex outside of marriage (honor killings).

The christian taliban are not as far from this as you might think. Whether xtian or muhammedan, religious dogma often leads to the same repressive results.

granny 8 years ago

If a woman really wants an abortion - SHE WILL GET IT - Law or No Law. It may cost her more money, it may be illegal, and it will probably put her life in danger - but she will get the abortion.

Heard of any coat hanger stories lately? I haven't either, but if the law changes I'm sure we will.

BigAl 8 years ago

right_thinker, is everyone that DIDN'T vote for Phil Kline a Hollywood type, SP (whatever that is), far-left and Godless person?

Steve Jacob 8 years ago

I am hoping the abortion issue goes away with the "morning after pill" being OTC.

Baille 8 years ago

SP is the Bill O'Reilly term for "secular progressives." What's the matter, BigAl? You didn't drink your Koo-Aid today?

yourworstnightmare 8 years ago

Christianity must not be allowed to supplant our secular democracy. Religion warps the mind by placing "faith" in high regard. Faith is nothing more than believing something despite a lack of evidence or evidence to the contrary. This is a form of insanity.

We are all in deep trouble if faithful christians are allowed to continue their assault on our democracy. Once one is able to have faith (e.g. believe something despite lack of evidence), there is no telling the atrocities of which they will be capable (when they are no longer responsible for their actions becaue of faith).

nekansan 8 years ago

If you really want to reward someone for preventing abortions, then the award should go to orginazations that promote birth control and sex education like Planned Parenthood. All Operation Rescue is doing by giving Kline this award is pouring fuel on the polotical fire, not helping prevent abortions.

opinion 8 years ago

Agnostic,

Sincere question: Does the maggotpunks site reflect your beliefs?

BunE 8 years ago

Operation Rescue is a farce, they have no reason to actually want abortion to end. It would mean the end of the Republican Party. The Abortion thing has been whipped up that most people who vote GOP only do so to stop the "Baby Killin". There is also the dirty little secret that Op Res will fight for the rights of the unborn and then turn around and not give a whit when medicare is slashed, W.I.C. is cut and neo natal care is limited by the insurance companies...not to mention most of these Operation Rescuers think its ok to murder abortion providers and execute people.

And for those of you who think that males are being trivialized or whatever nonsense here is a truism: If you are a white male born in the US, you have to be a complete idiot NOT to make something of yourself and you probably fettered away a whole lot of opportunities on the way.

Feminist = socialist? You have no idea what a socialist is do you? You throw that word around in order to scare people, don't get me wrong, its sweet rhetoric and it works a lot, but I have come to expect more from you.

As far as "in god we trust" it first appeared on money in 1862, hardly in the infancy of the country. War tends to make people worry about their souls...

yourworstnightmare 8 years ago

"In God We Trust" on US money is a recent thing. This phrase was not on US money until an effort by american catholics after world war II.

Thanks for bringing this up. This is a nice example of our secular democracy being assaulted by religion.

average 8 years ago

Actually, it wasn't on the dollar bill (the paper kind) until 1957. Before then (roughly), money was based on real silver and gold. Now, you'd better trust to God that the government doesn't print trillions of dollars out of thin air.

Roadkill_Rob 8 years ago

"I am fascinated by the insane idea that overturning Roe will somehow end abortion. It WILL NOT end abortion."

WHAT!!!! I thought outlawing something makes it automatically disappear.

Seriously, I hope abortion is outlawed b/c we need more unwanted children being raised by grandmothers while their daughters go out to get thrills they missed due to teen pregnancy.

Centrist 8 years ago

How come Pro-Lifers aren't working as feverishly to end WARS .... !!!

How many Christians are "OK" with blowing up the Middle East?

Hmm ...

opinion 8 years ago

Agnostick

Because most of the site contains such hate. I didn't think it would be something YOU would reference.

Thanks

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years ago

I read a lot of comments here having to do with topics other than the civil and human rights travesty that is abortion in America.

drewdun 8 years ago

Right on BunE

Also, you can tell rt is really, really smart.

Like MENSA smart.

"Insane, far-left, SP, Godless, socialist" = everyone who doesn't blindly follow the GOP line. Apparently 70% of Americans who disapprove of Bush fit these descriptives. HHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA.

Centrist 8 years ago

STRS .... do you feel the same way about that HUGE travesty in Florida whereby an entire nation (and world) stood by while a woman (Terri Shiavo) was slowly starved to death (13 long days of physical agony) because of the judges?

People should have stormed that building to save her. But they didn't ... yet they'll go blow up an abortion clinic. Terri Shiavo was aborted ... slowly ... in front of the whole PLANET.

Yeah ... "pro-life" and "freedom" ... but only when it suits ya.

Centrist 8 years ago

drewdun ... I guess we're a Commie Nation now!

yourworstnightmare 8 years ago

"I read a lot of comments here having to do with topics other than the civil and human rights travesty that is abortion in America."

What a laugh. You are implying that unborn human embryos deserve the same rights as an adult human.

Civil rights? Do fetuses live in our society?

Human rights? Fetuses are human life, equivalent to an adult?

Tell me, when does an embryo become a full human life?

kugrad 8 years ago

Operation rescue should be classified as a terrorist organization in my personal opinion. In the past, when abortion clinics were bombed and they were asked to make a statement in opposition to bombing clinics, they refused to do so to the best of my knowledge. They have a history of essentially condoning violence toward abortion clinics. This is terrorism by any reasonable definition.

BOE 8 years ago

Voters in the red state of Kansas named Phill Kline the winner of a set of steak knives..by a margin a 16 % points.

DaREEKKU 8 years ago

Some of you people make me sick. Phil Kline is a lawbreaker, privacy invader, and could give a steaming pile less about "women's health" or "sexual offenders." It was a personal fundamentalist agenda from the start.....get over it. Good Riddens. He gives Kansans a bad name. You people aren't "pro-life" you are "anti-choice." Wouldn't pro life ecompass embracing things like nationalized health care, marriage equality, equal adoption opportunities, funding social programs etc? I think those are pro life values, not restricting abortion and then letting the kid be screwed after they are born. Rethink your values.

yankeelady 8 years ago

I kind of feel like it should be a private decision, you know, the woman and her doctor. And it has always seemed odd to me that the most vicious and vocal anti-choice people are men. Last time I looked men don't get pregnant and can just walk away if they choose. I also would take them a little more seriously if the concern for the fetus extended after birth. It's more about controlling women than anything else.

lawrenceman22 8 years ago

FIRE ALL OF THEM THEY SUCK JERRY MAC. THE COUNTY COMM NEEDS A PAY RAISE HE JUST GOT THE BOOT IN THE COURT ROOM WHEN HIS WIFE DEVORICED HIM HA HA HA

8 years ago

Now that's something to be proud of. Whatever.

yankeelady 8 years ago

No one has proof that crimes are taking place. The last time I heard, abortion is legal. Roe v Wade. I think that it should be rarely used, but available if no other options exist. The whole argument always focuses on the fetus, once it is born---nothing.

yankeelady 8 years ago

I agree with an earlier post, easier access to birth contol and accurate sex education would go a long way to reducing abortion. What was the old saying? "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" And it would help keep Phill out of the limelight

opinion 8 years ago

It's quite common on this forum, when talking about the pro-life crowd, for the line "they only care about the baby until its born" or some other variation of that to show up. Repeating that over and over does not make it true. Anectdotally, most of the pro-life people I know quietly support life at all stages through adoption, coordinating and volunteering at soup kitchens, homeless shelters, financial support of needy organizations and so on.

On a research level, the book "Who Really Cares" documents the giving nature of the conservative. Conservatives, it seems, according to the book, actually put their money where their mouth is.

It might make a good bumper sticker for the pro-choice cause to say "they only care about'em till their born" but, overall, I don't think that is reallity.

kugrad 8 years ago

opinion, while I appreciate that all pro-choice people cannot be lumped into one category, there is ample reason to make the criticism that some "only care about children from conception to birth." It has been shown that the demographics of those who have opposed abortion over the last 2-3 decades have included those who have opposed many initiatives to help children, including headstart, day-care centers at colleges and universities, and social programs that target children. While this may seem strange to some in current times, this was really the case through the 80's and 90's.

opinion 8 years ago

kugrad,

I don't have anything on this right now except my own experience in what you comment on, Kugrad, so take it for what it is worth. In reference to the programs that a demographic may or may not support, who is to say why they did or did not support. By that I mean, why you may conclude that if someone did not support the social programs that was presented, they did not care for the children, I would submit that what may have been the case is that they did not agree that the program was the best answer.

Most people in my circles feel that we don't need the govt to take care of the needy, we will do it (the book "Who really cares" supports that). Gov't programs are often ineffective in what they set out to accomplish. Let me keep more of my paycheck and then I will take care of my neighbor.

Now before you think I am completly off my rocker, I know that too many people would fall through the cracks if we didn't have any social programs. My point is that not supporting a specific social program does not mean that the money from those that did not support it did not get into the right hands.

Hope you can make sense of this as I am having a hard time putting my ideas into words.

Baille 8 years ago

The "remarkable man" Phill Kline screwed up again.

"Attorney General Phill Kline declared victory prematurely in the case of three Topekans accused of engaging in the illegal practice of law.

"The miscue surfaced in a statement Kline released Friday claiming the Supreme Court "declared"... Pro Se Advocates engaged in unauthorized legal work. In addition, the statement said, the high court "ordered" ...the organization to pay $6,550 in fines, legal expenses and restitution.

"The court hasn't issued any such declaration or order.

"No final decision has been rendered by the Supreme Court in the matter. "

http://www.cjonline.com/stories/121906/leg_kline.shtml

What a dope. Good luck, JoCo. You are gonna need it.

Tychoman 8 years ago

I find it fascinating those of you who are vehemently opposed to abortion are middle-aged MEN. It's ironic. Leave the decisions about a woman's body up to the WOMAN.

Don't like abortion? Don't get one.

Linda Endicott 8 years ago

Here's one about trivializing the role of men in society...men themselves have been doing this, by basically teaching their sons that it's okay to get a girl pregnant and just walk away...after all, he's not the one who has to deal with a baby now, is he? Though laws may exist to try and make a father financially responsible for any child he might create, it's damn difficult to make them do it.

And of course, no such law exists making men morally responsible for their children, or forcing them to spend time with them, whether they want to or not.

Matter of fact, society is just chock full of stories about young men who consider themselves "lucky" if they sleep with a girl without benefit of marriage, "lucky" if the girl doesn't become pregnant, and even "luckier" still if she aborts or moves away and doesn't attempt to hold him responsible for his deed.

Seems we should be taking the clothes hangers to the young men who think it's okay to impregnate a girl and then just walk away from her, leaving her to hold the bag.

Maybe, just maybe, ALL young men who impregnate women should be forced to be a part of that child's life. Maybe, just maybe, if they didn't run away as fast as they can in the opposite direction as soon as they find out their gf is pregnant, maybe those young women wouldn't feel so alone and hopeless that they become desperate enough to consider an abortion.

Last time I checked, a woman couldn't get pregnant by herself. Yet if she becomes pregnant, society doesn't seem to have a problem with making her wholly responsible for any decisions made. The young man in question may go happily on his own way, and is often viewed as "just being a boy" or "sowing his wild oats", and that seems to be just hunky-dory to a lot of men.

Next time you or your sons go out and "sow your wild oats", remember that sometimes seeds sprout. Your actions have consequences.

If you don't want women to trivialize the role of men in society, then stop doing it yourselves.

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