Thursday, December 11, 2008
Planned Parenthood's Kansas Affiliate Challenges Kline's Retention of Patient Records
The Associated Press reported yesterday on the legal efforts of Planned Parenthood's attorney to prevent former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline from taking copies of patient files with him when he leaves office. Here's more background on the case from the Daily Women's Health Policy Report:
In October 2007, Kline filed 107 criminal charges against Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri for alleged performance of illegal late-term abortions and alleged filing of falsified documents. Planned Parenthood of Kansas, which operates the clinic, requested that the Supreme Court intervene in the case on the grounds that Kline -- who was Kansas attorney general when he launched the investigation -- abused his power and obtained about three dozen records illegally. Kline's grounds for filing the criminal charges against the clinic were dependent on the records, according to the Capital-Journal.