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The attorney general in Kansas has won his courtroom battle over the medical records for dozens of abortions in his state, and says the documents appear to have concealed cases of child rape, illegal late-term abortion, rape by force or fear, incest, child sexual abuse and other crimes.
Attorney General Phil Kline had waged a months-long courtroom battle against the abortion industry, which sought to keep the 90 case records concealed. But the records now are being reviewed by investigators after being forwarded to Kline from a district court judge who edited them to hide the identities of the women involved.
“Those medical records are being reviewed by criminal prosecutors and investigators in my office,” Kline said yesterday. “I want to remind Kansans that women and children are not and never will be under investigation – only abortion doctors, confirming doctors, and rapists are under investigation.
“Also, I have never sought the women’s identities. I do not need their identities. Their privacy is protected by a protocol my office established with the district court judge to remove the identifying information of the women from the very beginning,” he said.
But he noted that state records confirm in 2003 alone, 78 girls under the age of 15 had abortions in Kansas. By law, that amounts to 78 cases of sexual assault on a child, or worse.
“We anxiously await the day that we can see George Tiller and other members of the Kansas abortion cartel behind bars where they belong,” Newman said.
Kline’s pursuit of the records began shortly after he was elected in 2002, and he noticed a peculiarity of laws in most states and jurisdictions.
“Nobody has been willing to enforce the abortion laws against Planned Parenthood,” he told WND during a recent interview. And some of the situations just screamed for attention.
For example, when there are abortions performed on children as young as 10, by law and by definition there has been a sexual assault on a child. In Kansas a person under 16 legally cannot consent to sex, and abortions cannot be performed past 22 weeks. However, those cases simply weren’t being reported, he said, even though state law requires officials who are in a position to know the circumstances to report such crimes.
He started working, watching the situation, developing evidence, and assembling arguments. Soon he found that, just like in many other cases ranging from assault to homicide, he needed the medical records to pursue his investigation into allegations of wrongdoing at Planned Parenthood and George Tiller’s Women’s Health Care Services.
He requested, and Judge Richard Anderson agreed he needed to have access to, records in 90 abortion cases across the state. So Anderson granted the subpoenas.
“Without access to the medical records, how is the attorney general going to make a reasonably informed judgment as to whether the records do or do not contain evidence of a crime?” the judge reasoned.
But it was as if the world fell in, and Kline soon discovered the reason by the opposition was so fierce.
Under federal rules, Planned Parenthood – the abortion industry leader — must follow state laws regarding abortion, notification and other issues if it is to get tax money each year from American citizens – an estimated $227 million this year alone, Kline said.
So any prosecutor who is looking into situations that potentially could have legal implications, such as late-term abortions that don’t meet the specified state guidelines, or those abortions administered on underage girls where no assault report is filed, the industry’s reaction is going to be serious because of the potential threat to the cash flow.
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled last February that Kline was entitled to the records, but it wasn’t until now that they were forwarded. Officials say the abortion businesses turned the records over to the Shawnee County District Court Aug. 5, and they were sent to Kline Oct. 24.
“If there was not a reason for this investigation to continue, it would cease. The investigation is continuing,” said Kline.
Kline said now with access to the records, there may be evidence of child rape, failure to report child rape, performing illegal late-term abortions, rape by force or fear, failure to report suspicion of child sexual abuse, incest, making false information and others.