Kansas Supreme Court dismisses clinics’ complaint against Kline
Kline, an ardent opponent of abortion, had said the clinic's legal request was frivolous
TOPEKA ? The Kansas Supreme Court today dismissed a request from two clinics to take control of Atty. Gen. Phill Kline’s abortion investigation.
Without comment, the court dismissed the action.
One day before the Nov. 7 election, the clinics asked the court to take over the investigation and appoint a special prosecutor to look into an alleged leak surrounding medical records.
Kline, an ardent opponent of abortion, had said the clinic’s legal request was frivolous.
Kline lost his re-election bid to Democrat Paul Morrison in a campaign dominated by the fight over the medical records.
For two years, Kline has battled clinics operated by Planned Parenthood in Overland Park and by Dr. George Tiller, a late-term abortion specialist in Wichita.
Kline sought through a lower court the records of 90 women and girls from the clinics, alleging possible sexual crimes against minors and illegal late-term abortions.
The Kansas Supreme Court allowed the subpoena of records provided that the identities of the patients was redacted.
Kline received the records Oct. 24.
Several days later, he appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” television show to talk about the case.
During the show, Bill O’Reilly said he had information that the records showed many of the late-term abortions, which he called “executing babies,” were granted for depression.
Kline said he has no idea where O’Reilly allegedly got his information.