Archive for Thursday, October 18, 2007

Abortion clinic faces charges

October 18, 2007


— Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline fired another volley in his battle against abortion providers by filing more than 100 criminal charges Wednesday against a Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park.

It's a high-profile clash that dates back to Kline's days as Kansas attorney general, when the conservative Republican fought to obtain abortion records from the clinic.

In all, 107 counts - 23 felonies and 84 misdemeanors - were filed Wednesday. The charges include 29 misdemeanor counts of providing unlawful late-term abortions.

The charges have activists on both sides of the issue debating Kline's motives and the potential impact of the case on the abortion debate.

Kline isn't talking for now. He declined comment Wednesday through his spokesman, Brian Burgess.

Peter Brownlie, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, which runs the Overland Park clinic, said his organization hasn't had any contact with Kline's office. But he said he has heard rumors for months that Kline was planning to file criminal charges.

"I've heard nothing at all about specific charges that have been filed," Brownlie said. "We always provide high-quality care in full accord with state and federal law."

As for claims that the clinic performed illegal late-term abortions, Brownlie said the facility doesn't perform any abortions after the 22nd week of pregnancy.

The criminal complaint also charges the clinic with multiple counts of making false information, unlawful failure to maintain records and unlawful failure to determine viability for a late-term abortion.

Documents in the case have been sealed, according to a court order. The first hearing is set for Nov. 16.

A spokeswoman for Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison questioned whether the criminal charges brought by Kline are valid.

Morrison previously reviewed all of the allegations upon which Kline's charges are based and found no wrongdoing, she said.

"We are skeptical that these charges have any merit," said spokeswoman Ashley Anstaett.


Ragingbear 10 years, 5 months ago

Interesting that at the same time this happens that his crony sends letters across campus to paper editors. And sucker newspapers like the LJW print them.

Kline needs to be disbarred and criminally charged. He needs to get off this vendetta he has because he forced his girlfriend to have an abortion 30 years ago and now regrets it.

erod0723 10 years, 5 months ago

Ragingbear, Did he? That would explain a lot. Sounds like he has a little baby voice in the back of his mind saying, "You killed me daddy.... You killed me..."

Like it or not, there is apparently a market for abortion in KC. Maybe the far right should focus on ways to decrease unwanted pregnancies, through better sexual health classes that promote safe sexual practices and providing easier access throughout the country to contraceptives.

domino 10 years, 5 months ago

Wish I could remember where I read the statistics, but it showed that in countries/areas that abortion was illegal, there was no decline in the number of abortions as compared to places that it is legal. Found that interesting.

Just glad that I'm not in Johnson County - that's all I'll say for now!!!

Crossfire 10 years, 5 months ago

"We are skeptical that these charges have any merit,"

This might be the understatement of the year.

Brownback would be proud...

Kline can waste more time and money than even Brownie.

...abortion is headed to the back-alley and the coat hanger days again.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 10 years, 5 months ago

Phred Felps for Governer!!!!!!!

Fillllll Cline For Dogcatcher!!!!!

These two deserve each other. What a shining beacon of integrity for Kansas!!!!

I have a real problem understanding why this moron got into that office in JoCo, I know, it IS Johnson County, but it would seem there would be some people there with a shred of intellect, decorum, and civility. But that is how things happen, look what we got in the White House!

workin2hard 10 years, 5 months ago

He must have something on them or this would not go forward. Abortion should have been thrown out when they found out that the woman in Roe vs Wade lied. Having it legal should have been overturned then.

Richard Boyd 10 years, 5 months ago

Things could be MUCH worse...

At least we have not made the national headlines for so-called "intelligent design" for a while... And Cline is JUST a Johnson County problem for now. Now, if only Brownie will drop out of the "RACE"...

Ragingbear 10 years, 5 months ago

Nope. Kline has actually breached the International Barrier of news due to certain online forums and user submitted news link sites like

yankeelady 10 years, 5 months ago

He might have had enough maybes and accusations to file charges but I'll bet it all gets tossed out of court. I hear Brownback is giving up the hunt for the White House and is going to concentrate on Cedar Crest---maybe Phill could be Lt Governor. Now THERE is a scary thought---time to move, last one out of Kansas turn out what few lights are left.

dirkleisure 10 years, 5 months ago

Looks like you're the one having troubles, "right thinker."

8:35 pm is well past your bedtime.

Only the guilty have trouble sleeping. Being accused by a fool won't bother your list of folks one iota.

storm 10 years, 5 months ago

parkay, thanks for the info...everyone needs to make an effort to help woman obtain safe abortions in clean environments...if thecosts go up to achieve this, we'll need to donate $ to help them out...thanks

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