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Clinics to seek investigation of AG, Fox host

Doctor upset about O’Reilly’s claim he saw Kansas abortion records

November 5, 2006


— An abortion doctor will ask the Kansas Supreme Court to investigate Atty. Gen. Phill Kline and Bill O'Reilly over the Fox News Channel television host's comments that he obtained information from Kansas abortion records, the doctor's attorneys said Saturday.

The attorneys said Dr. George Tiller wants the court to appoint a special prosecutor to handle the investigation and take possession of the records of 90 patients from two clinics, including Tiller's. They said he will make his requests Monday.

During a national Friday night broadcast of "The O'Reilly Factor," the host said a "source inside" told the show that Tiller performs late-term abortions when a patient is depressed, which O'Reilly deemed "executing babies." He also said his show has evidence that Tiller's clinic and another unnamed clinic have broken Kansas law by failing to report potential rapes with child victims aged 10 to 15.

O'Reilly interviewed Kline, but Kline spokeswoman Sherriene Jones said Saturday that the attorney general doesn't know how O'Reilly obtained his information.

Tiller's attorneys, Pedro Irigonegaray, of Topeka, and Lee Thompson and Dan Monnat, of Wichita, issued a joint statement decrying the "national media event."

"The fears about threats to the sanctity and privacy of medical records were well-grounded," they said.

O'Reilly did not say whether his information came from the records of 90 patients from Tiller's clinic and a clinic operated in Overland Park by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. Kline waged a two-year battle to obtain those records and received edited versions of them Oct. 24.

It wasn't clear Saturday whether O'Reilly's source had broken state or federal laws by divulging patients' information or whether O'Reilly or his staff had viewed any records themselves. A request to Fox News in Washington to interview O'Reilly or someone associated with his show wasn't answered Saturday.

"We don't know anything about Mr. O'Reilly's inside source," Jones said. "I assumed he was talking about somebody on the inside of the abortion clinics."

Asked about the possibility that TV host's information came from a clinic insider, Irigonegaray said, "That's preposterous."

Patient privacy has been a major issue as Kline seeks his second term against Morrison, the Johnson County district attorney. Morrison has repeatedly criticized Kline for seeking abortion clinic records, saying it invaded patients' privacy.

Kline has received national attention for his pursuit of the records, and Planned Parenthood's national organization listed him as one of 15 "anti-choice extremists and political hard-liners."

Kline says he's not investigating any patient, only potential rapists and doctors who may have broken Kansas' abortion laws. He maintains that patients' privacy has been protected.

"Phill Kline told us these records would be kept private, but now that Phill Kline has them, the host of a national talk show Kline is on says he has seen the records," said Mark Simpson, Morrison's campaign manager. "O'Reilly would not be claiming to have seen the private medical records of Kansans if Phill Kline had not violated Kansans' privacy by seizing the records."

Irigonegaray said in an interview that he was outraged both by O'Reilly's remarks and by Kline's failure to demand answers from the television host about where he received his information. Irigonegaray said the records contain no evidence of wrongdoing by the clinics.

"This has been our concern from the beginning, that if he ended up with these records, that just this type of event would occur. Our worst nightmare has happened," Irigonegaray said. "Women in America deserve better than this."

Kline confirmed this week that he'd received the records from Shawnee County District Judge Richard Anderson, edited so that individual patients could not be identified.

Kline said he's turned the records over to staff who are reviewing them to prosecute possible cases of child rape, forcible rape, incest, illegal late-term abortions, failing to report sexual abuse of a child and making a "false writing."

"There's only a limited number of people within the attorney general's office who have access to those records, and I can assure you that none of them have shared that information beyond the investigators and prosecutors who are reviewing the cases," Jones said.

O'Reilly told viewers Friday night that his program has been investigating Tiller for a year. Now, he said, it has evidence about abortions in Kansas.

Kline suggested during his interview that O'Reilly inferred that late-term abortions had been performed for mental health reasons, given that state statistics show none have been performed to preserve a woman's life or to prevent permanent damage to a physical bodily function, two other reasons they are allowed.

O'Reilly replied: "Our information says that on almost every medical sheet - and obviously we have a source inside here - it says, 'depression.' I don't know whether you have that information or not - I don't know - but that's what it says."

Kline avoided an unprecedented contempt citation from the Kansas Supreme Court in February, after the clinics complained he'd violated a gag order in the case that Anderson imposed. The high court criticized Kline but said it would give him the benefit of the doubt.

Anderson subpoenaed the records at Kline's request in September 2004, concluding there was probable cause to believe they might contain evidence of crimes. The clinics asked the Supreme Court to intervene.

While Anderson had not planned to give Kline unfettered access to the records, the Supreme Court imposed new guidelines for handling them and sent the case back to district court. Anderson received the records in August and turned them over to Kline two months later.

In the frequently bitter race, Morrison has received the bulk of Kansas newspaper endorsements.

On Friday, The Junction City Daily Union endorsed Morrison, calling Kline "a social activist who has questionable relationships with the churches that agree with his extreme political views."

But The Topeka Capital-Journal endorsed Kline on Saturday, saying, "We believe Kline's efforts to protect all Kansans have outweighed the controversies stemming from his personal politics."


xenophonschild 11 years, 7 months ago

Oh, really? No wonder the Capital-Journal is a right-wing rag, fit to be read only by retired state civil servants.

BOE 11 years, 7 months ago

More stunts to appear on O'Really.

Kansans have a political stuntman in lieu of an Attorney General.

Tychoman 11 years, 7 months ago

Thinker, Marion, how is assaulting someone's character by calling him a murderer NOT grounds for removal from this forum?

O'Reilly - Stupid dog. Kline - out of here in two days. Thinker & Marion - Rabid hacks who are just one step away from being banned.

Tychoman 11 years, 7 months ago

First you outright call me a woman, and then an IT?

"HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA." Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. You could at least put a couple more H's in there to make it seem like you're not hyperventilating or suffering from an extreme case of Tourett's.

yourworstnightmare 11 years, 7 months ago

Yet another notch in Kline's sword in his fundamentalist jihad.

Further evidence that Kline is abusing his position and power as AG. Shameful.

rhd99 11 years, 7 months ago

And KLINE seeks this info. on abortion patients WHY? Talk about malicious. See PHIL KLINE in the dictionary! May you GO DOWN in FLAMES, KLINE! See you at the UNEMPLOYMENT LINE, LOSER!

staff04 11 years, 7 months ago

I hope our new AG pursues Kline and O'Reilly's potential violation of the law here. It would be awesome to see either of them have to testify...

roger_o_thornhill 11 years, 7 months ago

Watch out--Bill O'Reilly will soon be moving to the Sunflower state to run for office himself. He's already tried to help to launch the statewide and larger career of GOP lt. gov. hopeful,Susan Wagle-the-dog (remember her stunt with the 'mole' in a KU class a few years ago?). Now he's got "sources" in the AGs office? That seems like the one state office where leaks should be felonious.

janeb 11 years, 7 months ago

Not mine Marion, but then great minds.................too bad some are so misguided in life.

moxxie_mama 11 years, 7 months ago

Those who support Kline seem to forget the fact that being the anti-choice abortion chaser is NOT part of his job description. His job is to protect consumers which he has been doing a very very poor job of. His contributors are the same business organizations that he is supposed to be prosecuting.

A mental health exception is a legal and morally justified reason for a late term abortion. There is no news here other than the fact that he revealed to O'Leilly the contents of the sealed documents.

Tychoman 11 years, 7 months ago

No more hatred than what you have for other people, thinker.

Stop posting that graphic drivel (wikipedia can't be trusted anyway).

rhd99 11 years, 7 months ago

I TOLD YOU SO, Republicans, & especially you RIGHT WING supporters of a RIGHT WING NUT who is solely bent on invading peoples' PRIVATE LIVES. May you go down in defeat KLINE! If re-elected, you'll be the WORST AG Kansas has EVER HAD!

janeb 11 years, 7 months ago

Posted by Tychoman (anonymous) on November 5, 2006 at 11:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thinker, Marion, how is assaulting someone's character by calling him a murderer NOT grounds for removal from this forum?

O'Reilly - Stupid dog. Kline - out of here in two days. Thinker & Marion - Rabid hacks who are just one step away from being banned.

Look Tyco attacking two posters at once. Ban it now.

Baille 11 years, 7 months ago


Is Kline really this desparate or is he just...stupid? I can not believe this. Competent, professional attorneys do not behave this way. Unbelievable.

janeb 11 years, 7 months ago

Strive for more and all will be well.

You're good enough You're smart enough and gosh darnit people like you.


Cait McKnelly 11 years, 7 months ago

They don't call it "Faux" News for nothing. The real truth of the matter is that Bill O'Reilly most likely lied. This is nothing new for him. I also seriously doubt he will retract anything he has said. This is also nothing new for him. He's a wingnut who ranks right up there with Rush Limbaugh. He has a staff of lawyers paid for by Rupert Murdoch to hide behind that rivals Microsoft's legal team. He doesn't give a flying feather if he lies. He can get away with it and he knows it. Neocons eat this channel up and Bill O'Reilly is their god.

rhd99 11 years, 7 months ago

May the "Holier than THOU" Right Wing Republicans take those abortion records they siezed ILLEGALLY come Tuesday & SHOVE IT! While they're at it, they can take down Bill O'Reilly WITH THEM!

janeb 11 years, 7 months ago

The right to the Woman's privacy ends where the right to life of the Fetus begins. As for dignity; tell me how dignifing is it to spread one's leggs and have n unborn child sucked out through their vagina.

Cait McKnelly 11 years, 7 months ago

It's highly doubtful any employee of Tiller's provided any records to Bill O'Reilly unless they were a mole for Operation Rescue. The highest likelihood is that either O'Reilly lied or a staffer of Klines did it while he was "looking the other way" so he could deny any knowledge of it. It's the sleazy, "right up to line of illegality" type thing he is known for doing. However O'Reilly got them, IF he got them, he admitted on national TV to violating HIPPA regulations. He needs to answer for it. The man makes me ashamed to admit I'm Irish American.

rhd99 11 years, 7 months ago

That is the problem with you Bible thumping Right Wingers: You can't have it both ways! Abortions are NOT ILLEGAL! Stop criminalizing the doctors like TILLER when the laws are NOT IN THE BOOKS! Kline, GET LOST, Chump!

Tychoman 11 years, 7 months ago

Marion, you SHOULD be banned. You troll the boards, flooding it with your self-righteous B.S. and calling doctors murderers. Have I missed something yet?

rhd99 11 years, 7 months ago

YOU abortion haters, you all call yourselves COMPASSIONATE conservatives?! Wow! Now your hypocritical ideals have taken this country to new lows. Congratulations! You have just sealed your fate in future elections. Take your Bible thumping, KLINE & others & stuff it! Compassionate? You are FAR FROM compassionate, you promote hatred towards others that don't agree with you, & that is how you will lose elections maybe as soon as TUESDAY!

rhd99 11 years, 7 months ago

Patriotman, Democrats will NOT shut up until the REPUBLICANS get it through their dense heads that to save lives, you CAN'T outlaw abortions when a mother's life & health could be at risk & continue the Bible thumping against stem cell research when there is NO medical proof (via DNA or scientific papers) that stem cell research is the same thing as cloning. IT IS NOT! Conservatives, your arguments against Stem Cell Research & abortions don't wash ANYMORE. Both issues deal with life & death consequences. You say you support saving human life & protecting unborn babies, then how can you say that you support life when you are against Stem Cell Research that could cure diseases like that of Michael J. Fox? I laugh at your arguments. HAHAHAHA!

janeb 11 years, 7 months ago

Posted by Patriotman (anonymous) on November 5, 2006 at 10:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)


"It" certainly is hysterical.



Yes "It" is, and very nasty too.

rhd99 11 years, 7 months ago

By the way, where did those photos come from? FRIDAY THE 13TH movies? Get real, conservatives. Folks, we all have heard about scare tactics throughout this whole campaign. Well, Republicans you need to be scared, because your Attorney General of Kansas (NOT MINE) gave an illegal order to invade patients' privacy rights by illegally obtaining their medical records at abortion clinics WITHOUT proof that laws were broken. ABORTIONS are NOT illegal. Phill Kline hired a convicted felon to monitor consumer fraud issues. You know who the fraud is NOW? KLINE! Out with KLINE, In with Morrison! Morrison! Morrison! Morrison!

Linda Endicott 11 years, 7 months ago

"The right to the Woman's privacy ends where the right to life of the Fetus begins. As for dignity; tell me how dignifing is it to spread one's leggs and have n unborn child sucked out through their vagina."

Hogwash. The unborn do not have any legal rights, anywhere in the country. Try again.

Exactly how dignified is it to spread one's legs and have an unborn child implanted through their vagina? And yet I think that it is still considered a private act. People who have sex don't expect to have records of it, especially film at 11, appear suddenly later.

Whether you like it or not, abortion is legal. It's considered a medical procedure, and as such, is protected by HIPPA laws. How many men would be crying foul if the records of their ED treatment were made public, and Bill O'Reilly got a copy?

As for Kline, if he were any kind of AG, he'd doing an investigation himself, to see if O'Reilly's claims are true, and how he got the records if they are true.

Kline's job is to protect and enforce the laws we already have, not to be the poster child for anti-abortion groups. He can have any opinion he likes, in the privacy of his home. In public, it is not his job to go on a witch hunt against everyone he perceives to be pro-abortion.

That is NOT his job. I repeat, that is NOT his job.

Come tomorrow, I will do my part to get Kline out of public office.

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