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AG candidate says he’ll halt abortion clinic investigations

September 6, 2006

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— Democrat Paul Morrison said Tuesday that if elected attorney general he would end an investigation into two abortion clinics and instead commit the office's resources to other uses, such as prosecuting domestic violence.

Morrison faces Atty. Gen. Phill Kline, a Republican, in the Nov. 7 general election.

Kline's campaign criticized Morrison for his comments on the abortion clinic probe and said Kline had done a good job raising awareness of domestic violence.

During a news conference, Morrison vowed to establish a domestic violence unit in the attorney general's office patterned after one he started in Johnson County, where he has been district attorney for 17 years.

Citing a study that showed the effectiveness of the Johnson County program, Morrison said: "It's a wonderful thing to be able to say that there are people in your communities that are walking around alive today who would be dead if it were not for these kinds of programs."

The proposed domestic violence program in the attorney general's office would assist counties with prosecution of domestic violence cases, coordinate law enforcement training and provide victims with support, he said.

Morrison was backed by Ann Whedon Altermann of Overland Park, who in 1992 was shot by her estranged husband. The man was prosecuted by Morrison and sentenced to a minimum 23 years in prison.

"Paul Morrison is a criminal's worst nightmare," Altermann said.

Morrison said a domestic violence unit could be developed at no additional expense by redirecting resources in the attorney general's office.

"Some of the money that's been used on misplaced priorities could easily fund" the effort, he said.

As an example of a misplaced priority, Morrison noted Kline's inquisition into clinics operated by Dr. George Tiller in Wichita and Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri in Overland Park.

As part of the probe, Kline, an ardent opponent of abortion, has sought medical records of women and minors, saying that he is investigating allegations of child rape and illegal abortions.

Morrison said inquisitions are a common tool used by prosecutors, but he added, "We don't use them for fishing expeditions so that we can thumb through medical records and find out who has what procedure done to them.

"And we sure don't do it under the guise of reported child-rape investigation. We're not going to use them for that," he said.

Sherriene Jones, a spokeswoman for Kline, said it was "disheartening that an attorney general would turn his or her back to a child that has been sexually molested or raped."

Morrison has noted no charges have resulted from the investigation.

Jones also said Kline had made raising awareness about domestic violence and prosecuting abusers a top priority. For example, she cited Kline's statewide effort to promote a program where beauty salon workers report signs of abuse on their customers.

In addition, the office distributes grants aimed at stopping domestic violence, and its attorneys routinely help prosecute cases, she said.

Jones said that Morrison is "taking things that are already happening in the attorney general's office and repackaging them."

Comments

bmwjhawk 8 years, 3 months ago

God Bless Paul Morrison.

Wait, can I say that?

xenophonschild 8 years, 3 months ago

I only wish I could vote; I'd hurry up and vote for this guy.

dizzy_from_your_spin 8 years, 3 months ago

Good position, Morrison. If someone takes a 12, 13 or 14 year-old girl in for an abortion, it's nobody's business who has been having sex with the child.

justthefacts 8 years, 3 months ago

Politics sure is a funny business. Mr. Morrison is obviously saying what he hopes/thinks will win him enough votes to get into office. His statement apparently has nothing to do with what he thinks the law requires, or allows, but rather what he thinks most voters want to hear. (Think how popular a mayorial candidate would be who says "I will tell the police not to stop any speeders!")

The polls will tell whether he has taken a popular enough position, or not. But keep this in mind Morrison handlers; the reason that AG Kline won, against Adkins in the primary and Biggs in the general, was because of this very issue; there are a lot of voters in Kansas who WILL get out the vote if they hear/know/think that Morrison is pro-abortion.

In coming out with this statement, you and he may have just miscalculated the mood of the state. Or not. We shall just have to see.

heysoos 8 years, 3 months ago

I think there are also a lot of voters in Kansas who DID get out the vote last time around and didn't realize the cards they were dealing themselves. Kline barely beat a democrat in 2002 in a state that overwhelmingly votes republican on big referendum items, but if I remember correctly, wasn't that before Mr. Kline's misguided and supreme court defeated witch hunt began? personally, I like the odds for Morrison.

CommonSense4All 8 years, 3 months ago

Morrison pledges to end an ongoing investigation into child rape and criminal late term abortions on the heels of Dr. Tiller and his PAC holding a big fundraiser for him in Washington DC as reported by this paper.

What kind of prosecutor would end an investigation into child rape and criminal late term abortion, especially after a court has already found that evidence of those crimes exist in the abortion records?

What is going on here???

heysoos 8 years, 3 months ago

"Morrison pledges to end an ongoing investigation into child rape and criminal late term abortions"

Are you saying that there is evidence? You seem to indicate that it HAS happened, not that there is merely suspicion. Awfully presumptive of you. Kline has a hunch, which doesn't hold legal water. Morrison apparently understands a little more about the law, what with keeping up his law license and all than Kline...

notice that he didn't say he wouldn't go after those guilty of child rape or illegal late term abortion if there was evidence of a crime. problem is, Kline didn't have evidence of a crime, which is why the legal system laughed at him when he tried to get warrants for his witch hunt.

I've got a hunch you are up to something at your house but I don't have any evidence, I'm just suspicious...too bad the LAW doesn't allow me to come and root around your place, huh?

gop4life 8 years, 3 months ago

Morrison is selling his soul for Tiller's money. Why else would he campaign on NOT investingating crimes?

staff04 8 years, 3 months ago

I guess we know what the GOP slant will be.

I agree with heysoos. If there is evidence of a crime, Morrison will investigate, but he isn't going to waste the taxpayer dollar to chase white rabbits.

Makes relative sense to me.

towniejj 8 years, 3 months ago

First of all, if you really think that Kline's inquest into abortion clinics is truly about child rape, then you are seriously misguided. There is NO evidence of illegal abortions being performed at these clinics. Abortion clinics are HEAVILY regulated by the state and federal government already, and yes the doctors are required to report evidence of abuse.

I think we all know that teenagers have sex with each other, and if you are interested in having an attorney generaly who wants to criminally prosecute 15 year olds for engaging in consensual sex with another 15 year old...then you are seriously disturbed. Yes, I would prefer my teenager not have sex, but I do not want them criminally prosecuted for it!

Also, I think categorizing someone as "pro-abortion" just because they are not going to persecute doctors performing legal procedures for some misguided religious reasons is very shortsighted. People who are Pro-Choice are NOT Pro-Abortion! Pro-Choice means that you believe this is an individual decision that is often very difficult, but that it shouldn't be dictated by an evangelical's biblical beliefs. Often Pro-Choice people would not make that choice for themselves, but believe the right should exist for others.

Do not forget the time and money he wasted trying to force the state to stop using medicaid money to pay for abortions for indigent victims of rape and incest. Supposedly he is investigating abortion clinics to help these victims, yet he spent over $30,000 on a frivilous lawsuit trying to stop the state from paying for the abortions for these victims. Oh yeah, and the state payed LESS than $2,000 in medicaid for these procedures last year!!! And the state is federally mandated to do so! I think it is sick and sad that he is using the attorney generals office to try and obtain VERY private information about people.

Below are exermpt from other articles about Kline's Anti-Choice actions and expenses...it is obvious he is using his office and resources for political, anti-choice campaigns, and NOT to investigate child rape!

"Those include $152,701 to Vincent Rue, a Jacksonville, Fla., consultant who founded an anti-abortion institute and argues that abortion causes psychological trauma for women and girls.

Rue's work was used in a still-pending federal lawsuit filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights, a New York advocacy group, over a 1982 law that Kline says requires doctors, teachers and others to alert authorities to cases of consensual sex between minors as well as child abuse."

"Kline also spent $31,126 on two attorneys to bring a lawsuit against state-financed abortions for Medicaid recipients. The case was dismissed. The monies went to Lance Kinzer, a Republican state representative from Olathe, who received $11,655, and Dorinda Bordlee, an anti-abortion advocate and attorney formerly from New Orleans, who received $19,471." From April 6th LJW article.

GOPConservative 8 years, 3 months ago

Brother Kline supports using the government to investigate violations of law. What's wrong with that?

Quite frankly, if re-elected, I hope Brother Kline will not only check the medical records of pregnant women but also the medical (including psycological) records of all people in Kansas.

An unhampered investigation of all medical records will expose those who have been treated for sexually transmitted disease, those who practice homosexuality and those who are being treated by psychologists for sexual perversions. If you don't have anything to hide, you have nothing to worry about.

Brother Kline will make sure that God-fearing Kansans know who the perverts are in our neighborhoods. I don't want my children being exposed to filth or filthy people. I don't want them to go anywhere near anyone with AIDS or other sexually-transmitted disease. I don't want them talking with homosexuals.

The Attorney General is the only person who can authorize such investigations. The fact is that most perversions are illegal and should be prosecuted.

Brother Kline recognizes that the purpose of government is to protect good people from the sinful behavior of those who have not been saved and who will be going to hell for their fornication, sodomy and perversion.

We don't need to stop the inquisitions that Brother Kline has started, we need to increase them. By putting the light of truth on those who commit violations of State law and God's law, we can bring our State back to the morality that Brother Kline represents.

God bless you, Philll!!!!

fcraig 8 years, 3 months ago

dizzy_from_your_spin - Ummmm, the last time I checked, it was against the law in the state of Kansas to have sex with anyone under the age of 16.

ksmoderate 8 years, 3 months ago

parkay,

So are there any trials going on right now to punish the lawbreakers you mention? If not, why not?

Also, I find it hard to believe that abortion clinics are unregulated and uninspected. Please give us some more information on that, if you would?

I'm not trying to pick a fight -- I'm truly interested in your statements.

KS 8 years, 3 months ago

Any candidate that switches parties, ie: democrat to republican or vice versa, will get neither my respect or my vote. It is obvious that this man will say and/or do anything (switch parties) to get elected.

ksmoderate 8 years, 3 months ago

parkay:

Thanks for the video. That place was shut down, presumably because of regulation and inspection? It certainly looked nasty in there, what with being deserted and all.

Also, if you would, please answer my first question to you about current trials as a result of Kline's investigations?

staff04 8 years, 3 months ago

I actually just watched the first few minutes of the video parkay links to.

I love how they talk about the legally established yellow line that protected women seeking abortion services or counseling...the discuss how the pro-life protesters would stand, toe-on-line and present a "message of life" to women entering the clinic.

Just thought it only fair that I post some links that show what the "message of life" is...

http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/1760/doorky1.png

http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/2828/bombiz1.png

http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/6465/grimreaperpl9.jpg

ksmoderate 8 years, 3 months ago

parkay,

Thanks for the info. You and I don't agree on this issue, but thank you for keeping it civil.

I certainly do hope that this one instance of a terribly-run abortion clinic being shut down does not speak to 99% of clinics in our state. I took issue with your first statement of "Kansas abortion mills are not regulated or inspected, either, because of Sebelius' thumb on the Board of Healing Arts." Your words imply that there are absolutely no regulations or inspections going on in every clinic in the state...and I find that hard to believe. You let us know about one instance, though, and I thank you for that.

Kodiac 8 years, 3 months ago

Parkay,

I have a question for you. Why doesn't Phil Kline go after all of the medical records in the state of Kansas involving teen preganancies? This would include records from hospitals as well containing live births. Don't you find it curious that it is only the abortion clinics that he is going after. If a teen has a baby before the age of 17, by law there has to be sexual abuse right?. I wonder how many teens there are in Kansas having babies. Does Phil Kline prosecute this cases as well?

GOPConservative 8 years, 3 months ago

logicsound04...

In my experience on this forum, GOPConservative is the only true "conservative" here. His/her posts are well-reasoned, intelligent, and profess the ideals of true conservatism... as opposed to the goose-stepping, theocratic oligarchy bandied about by others who claim to be "conservative."

Agnostick


Several times lately, someone has wondered if my satire should be taken seriously. America has traveled a long way down the road toward theocratic socialism when the ignorant idiot I am portraying might be real.

Yes, your suspicions are correct, logicsound. I was being sarcastic. Your implication is also correct. Those who support Kline's twisted logic would probably agree with the point of view I sarcastically portrayed.

Once you step over the line of violating the Constitution, anything is permissible. Once you accept the "investigative" techniques used by Kline, you have opened the door to searching our homes and medical records without prior evidence of any crime.

Investigating all underage abortions to see if some might be prosecutable is totalitarian and a violation of America's most sacred principles.

Even elementary kids in the public schools know about the Fourth Amendment. Perhaps, Kline was home schooled, but ignorance is no excuse, especially if you are supposed to the the "top cop."

Kline and the totalitarian socialists who support him are too whacked-out to understand what the Constitution and Bill of Rights are all about.

Morrison, on the other hand, has more than twenty years of experience as the District Attorney of the largest jurisdiction in Kansas. He has successful prosecuted thousands of cases and has done a damned good job.

Kline doesn't understand the law. He couldn't even keep his law license. He's never practiced anything other than speaking in tongues.

If Kline's totalitarian methods are for the purpose of finding people to prosecute for child rape, why doesn't he investigate all the marriage records for underage girls or the records of girls that were sent to church-sponsored homes for unwed mothers?

I ask that question only to make a point. As a Conservative Republican and a patriotic American, it is just as repugnant for Kline to investigate every marriage as it is to investigate every abortion.

Evidence must exist before searches of private information can be allowed. That's the law of the land. Kline was being a criminal when sought to violate this most basic Constitutional principle.

Kline is a noting more than sexual voyeur pretending to be a Christian. He has no legal experience. He does not represent Conservative Republican values. Morrison does. In fact, Morrison would still be a Republican if the religious nutcases had not changed the Party from the part of Lincoln to the Party of Stalin.

Kline has abused his office and his authority. Time to go, Phillll!!!!!

Tychoman 8 years, 3 months ago

Wow gone all day and I discovered this newsflash: Kline still sucks and Morrison still rocks.

GOPConservative 8 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, right, conservativeman. I'm not a conservative because I believe in privacy, free enterprise, keeping the government out of our lives, fiscal responsibility and all the other time-honored conservative principles.

Your idea of "conservative" is what we real conservatives call socialism. All you care about is making government bigger and more repressive. All you care about is wasting tax dollars controlling people's lives with your totalitarian socialist crap. All you care about is borrowing everything you can from your communist-atheist buddies in China.

Conservativeman, you shame the word conservative with your socialist positions and your borrow-and-spend fiscal liberalism. You are a fraud. Move to China and be with the people who fit your world view. Their system better fits your political agenda.

Your liberal, socialist, commie-loving friends, Jim Ryan and Sam Brownbak, sold us out to the Chinese anyway by creating the largest trade deficit in history and the largest Federal Budget deficit in history. Don't worry, you socialists can always borrow another trillion from your commie-atheist buddies.

Your claiming to be a "conservative" is like Osama bin Laden claiming to be a Jew.

KS 8 years, 3 months ago

GOPConservative - You are showing your intelligence here. Be nice! It doesn't hurt. You can still get your point across w/o being mean, or can you?

Kodiac 8 years, 3 months ago

"The point is, if the crime of an adult abusing a minor girl is covered up in an abortion mill, the abuse will likely continue, and that cannot be allowed."

Parkay,

I guess I am little supicious of this statement since you used the words "abortion mill". This is deragatory and it implies your bias toward abortion clinics and/or medical professionals who deal with abortions. As GOP conservative has pointed out, you must have evidence in order to search the private records of any individual. Such evidence has not been shown by Phil Kline publicly and until he does, he is violating the law to try to search private records. You said "pulling all the birth records in the state would be unwarranted". Why do you think this is "unwarranted". If you agree that private records should be searched to "uncover" an abuse then every marriage and every birth record is fair game and would not be unwarranted. Again, as far as I know, Phil Kline has no current evidence on any single individual to be able to search through any private records. You yourself are saying that abuse needs to be "uncovered". In other words, you are saying that it is ok to search for abuses without evidence. I ask again, why is Phil Kline limiting this search only to abortion clinics. I have not seen any cases of where he has tried to go get the medical records at any hospitals or other medical facilities. I think Phil Kline has a personal agenda here and I think he is using his position to try to push it which is unethical and questionable from a legal standpoint.

EvaTrujillo 8 years, 3 months ago

Kansas does not have aborton clinics. Kansas has Women's Health Care clinics. At some of these clinics, one of the services provided is abortion. Kansas does not have toe-nail extraction clinics. Kansas has offices which provide foot care. At some of these offices, one of the services provided is removing toe-nails. Journalists should correctly identify the facility and then not use inflamatory terminology.

Kodiac 8 years, 3 months ago

Parkay,

Using the KDHE website, I was trying to see make a comparison of abortions among the teens vs. the total number of teen pregnancies. I understand that I may be simplifying these numbers somewhat and/or making some unknown assumptions, I still think these statistics suggest where Phil Kline should be focusing his efforts on. The total number of teen pregnancies in the age group of 10 to 19 is 5026 for the year 2004. The number of abortions for that same age group in 2004 is 992. That is about 20% of the teen pregnancy total. That means that a much higher percent of those teen pregnancies resulted in either live births or at least did not have abortions in the abortion clinics (roughly 80%). It would seem that Kline would have a much greater success with going after hospital and/or doctor records of the live births or other pregnancy outcomes to "uncover" statutory rape or sexual abuse. Why go after just a minority of the cases in the abortion clinic?

GOPConservative 8 years, 3 months ago

"conservative"-man:

The only Marx I know is Groucho. I liked him, but he's no hero. I don't know much about Karl, but apparently you do.

And what is a "collective utopian vision?" Is that when you socialists talk about taking away free choice from the people and imposing your narrow views on the rest of us?

Your "brothers" in Washington like Jim Ryun and Sam Brownback, who also falsely claim to be "conservatives," are the reason that America now owes China more money than any other country has ever owed another country throughout all recorded time!

It is downright weird how you theocratic-socialists, who falsely claim to be "conservatives," try to claim that real conservatives are communists, when you are the ones who have sold America's soul to the Chinese Communist Party.

I don't have a collective vision of anything except a free society, like ours is supposed to be, where everyone minds his own business and everyone desires to live with as little interference from government as possible.

Please go back to your Bible (as interpreted by liars and proselytizers,) and I'll go back the Constitution and Bill of Rights of our Great Republic as supported by honest cops and competent district attorneys.

That's why I support a person who believes in conservative Republican valuses like Paul Morrison rather than a theocratic-socialist like Philllll Kline.

middleoftheroader 8 years, 3 months ago

it's way too hot in here for me. i'm staying out of this one.

GOPConservative 8 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for the complements, holygrailale.

I enjoy your posts, too, and appreciate the masterful way you trip up socialists like "conservative" man.

Good work.

GOPConservative 8 years, 3 months ago

KS wrote: "GOPConservative - You are showing your intelligence here. Be nice! It doesn't hurt. You can still get your point across w/o being mean, or can you?"


I agree, but I wanted "conservative" man to have a taste of his own medicine. He deserves to have someone give it back to him now and then. He's mean all the time, while I'm only mean when provoked by the likes of him.

I let his slams against me go unanswered several times on these threads before I finally had enough of his hateful crap and decided to give back to him the same as he gives.


Holygrailale, we can thank the "Conservative Coalition" for gutting the values from our Party. They are no different from radical Muslims. Both are the exact opposite of political conservatives, who believe in limited government.

The crackpot Christians, the crackpot Jews and the crackpot Muslims all believe that the world has to be destroyed in order for the Messiah to come.

That's why all three groups want to do everything possible to destroy the planet and are doing everything possible to provoke each other.

Bush is following the "game plan for the end of times." He is deliberately trying to make the Muslim world hate us. He has created a thousand new terrorists for every one he has killed.

Pat Robertson says we have to have a Holy War with the Muslims in order for Jesus to return. Bush and the other "brothers" are just making sure that Pat's twisted vision of Bible prophecy is fulfilled. They have come to believe that destroying the planet is doing "God's work." That's how twisted these nutcases are.

ksmoderate 8 years, 3 months ago

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prioress 8 years, 3 months ago

"The crackpot Christians, the crackpot Jews and the crackpot Muslims all believe that the world has to be destroyed in order for the Messiah to come. That's why all three groups want to do everything possible to destroy the planet and are doing everything possible to provoke each other." ++++++ Some kernels of truth here. Almost all religions have an "end-times" scenario, but most aren't too serious about it. The evangelicals who have hijacked a once rational party are heavy into this. St. John's metaphors from long ago are being twisted for political use. A slight aside.......one of the Apocalypse stories was rejected when they were having their political fights over what "went into the Bible" (couldn't the sky god tell them which ones to use?) It was rejected because in it, Jesus implied one could get out of hell eventually. This, or course, would not fly because the religious power brokers (who were already getting all the good looking girls, the best crops and much of the money) would have trouble with the ancient sheeple if they were not sufficiently scared. For a more modern version, see GW's recent speeches and the other "nonpolitical" statements he will make between now and the election in November.

GOPConservative 8 years, 3 months ago

To the socialist who falsely claims to be "conservativeman:"

You've got to be joking. I have always consistent in my support of conservative principles in both my actions and words. You have been consistent in your support for socialism and socialist political candidates, while you claim to be "conservative."

I believe in limited government. You support those who believe in big-government. I believe in making government fiscally-responsible. You support those who believe in fiscal liberalism.

I believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, you consistently call those who believe in those documents "socialists."

I believe in free enterprise, and you support very limited free enterprise where a small group of big monopolies obtains most of their income from our tax dollars (in other words, state-sponsored corporations; i.e. socialism).

Then you continue to support this corporate politburo in its quest to continue to get more subsidies and pork because they "own" socialist legislators like Jim Ryun and Sam Brownback.

You love it when your socialist legislators vote to give more and more of our tax dollars to the corporate politburo. You love it when the politburo continues to eliminate competition and destroys the free enterprise system.

And if that weren't proof enough of your true socialist intentions. It is very clear that I believe in privacy while you believe that big-brother government should monitor all its citizens and keep track of everything they are doing.

The way you defend socialists and communists like Jim Ryun, Sam Brownback and Philll Kline, while calling everyone else one, makes me wonder if you at one time lived in the Soviet Union worked for the KGB. Is that true?

You sure use KGB tactics. It is a well documented tactic how commie infiltrators like you promote the socialist agenda while claiming that other people are socialists.

It is a clever trick you guys use to distract the people while you implement your socialist agenda, but I caught you in it.

You don't fool me. I lived through the 1950s and know how your commies and socialist work.

The next time you commies get together for one your meetings, you might want to make your commie brothers aware that some of us see now see through your lies and manipulations.

Again, why don't you move to China. Maybe you can get a job with the Chinese Government to keep track of all the interest that the United States has to pay on all the money you commies loaned us due to the fiscal liberalism of Jim Ryun, Sam Brownback and the other socialists of the "Christian Coalition," which is about as "Christian" as was your hero, Joseph Stalin.

Kodiac 8 years, 3 months ago

Hey ksmoderate,

I was trying to figure that out myself. I couldn't remember exactly what you wrote but I didn't think it was anything earthshattering or offensive...maybe cman got his knickers in a twist...

ksmoderate 8 years, 3 months ago

Yeah. I was thinking it was conservativeman myself....

Oh well. Ce la vie.

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