TOPEKA Two abortion clinics asked the state's highest court Monday to investigate Attorney General Phill Kline and Fox Television's Bill O'Reilly over O'Reilly's statements that he had obtained information from Kansas abortion records.
A Kline spokeswoman called the request to the Kansas Supreme Court "a political ploy."
The request came from Dr. George Tiller and his Wichita clinic and a clinic operated in Overland Park by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.
Their attorneys also asked the court to seize the records of 90 patients from the two clinics. Kline, an abortion opponent, obtained edited versions of those Oct. 24 from a district court judge after a two-year legal battle with the clinics.
The court's appointing a special prosecutor would be unprecedented. There is no record of the court ever appointing one before, spokesman Ron Keefover said.
The clinics' attorneys want O'Reilly investigated because they fear his information came from the records turned over to Kline. On Friday night's "The O'Reilly Factor" the host said an inside source gave information that Tiller performed late-term abortions because patients were depressed, which he called "executing babies."
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