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Order sought against Kline

Planned Parenthood requests court action against former AG

July 6, 2007

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Planned Parenthood, which was the target of an investigation into abortion records by former attorney general Phill Kline, and then cleared by Kline's replacement, is seeking a court order against Kline.

Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri Inc. filed the action last month before the Kansas Supreme Court. The court immediately ordered that the case would "proceed under seal."

The request by the clinic is related to the lengthy battle with Kline over medical records, said Peter Brownlie, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, which is located in Overland Park.

"I can't go beyond that," Brownlie said.

Kline declined to comment.

Ron Keefover, a spokesman for the Kansas Supreme Court, said keeping the proceedings of the case under wraps was unusual "but can be done."

In 2004, a Shawnee County judge, at Kline's request, subpoenaed the medical records of 90 patients at the Planned Parenthood clinic and another one operated by Dr. George Tiller of Wichita.

Kline said he was investigating allegations of illegal late term abortions and child rape. The clinics denied any wrongdoing, saying that Kline, an ardent opponent of abortion, was on a political fishing expedition.

During the 2006 campaign, Democrat Paul Morrison defeated Kline in a landslide. Before he left office, however, Kline filed 30 misdemeanor charges against Tiller, alleging Tiller had performed illegal late-term abortions. Those charges were dismissed on jurisdictional grounds.

When Morrison took office, he started his own investigation. Last week, he cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing. In his letter, Morrison informed the clinic that Kline had copies of edited medical records from the clinic.

He also charged Tiller on 19 counts of violating the state's late-term abortion law, alleging that Tiller had a financial relationship with the consulting doctor required to sign off on the procedure. Tiller has denied the allegations.

Since taking office, Morrison has complained that records in the case were scattered in several places. He also accused Kline, who has since become the Johnson County district attorney, of unethical conduct in the investigation, a claim that Kline denies.

Comments

Ragingbear 7 years, 8 months ago

I wonder if it had anything to do with that entire "stirring fetuses into his lunch" thing.

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 8 months ago

Well it seems that Mr. Kline is about to get the first volley fired across his bow. Phill is gonna become Phillie Cheese steak. Please oh please oh pleassssse tell me that Comp Health is setting themselves up to file a civil lawsuit. Or wow maybe even call in the Justice Department! They just need to string it out until Shrubya is out of power. After all, Gonzales is just Kline on a larger scale.Either way, god only knows how many HIPPA violations Kline committed. Maybe he really DID give those records to Bill O'Reilly. If he didn't he certainly made it possible for them to end up in the wrong hands when he was responsible for them. Somebody get me the popcorn! This is gonna be a good show.

justthefacts 7 years, 8 months ago

Is the law suit filed by Planned Parenthood over his obtaining the medical records (the article isn't clear what PP wants the court to order).....

Correct me if this is wrong, but aren't the current charges filed by AG Morrison based upon the same records that were obtained under AG Kline's administration? If AG Morrison is using medical records - the same ones subpeonaed by AG Kline or other medical records that he independently obtained - to support filing charges, then AG Morrison must believe that it is OK or even necessary in a criminal investigation for a criminal prosecutor to obtain and use medical records relevant to the alleged crimes (with the names of the patients removed or otherwise protected by order of a court) as a basis for filing charges.....

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