In an explosive revelation that could bring down Obama Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Johnson County, Kan., District Attorney Steve Howe announced Friday that a state agency, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, or KDHE, had destroyed records critical to Howe’s prosecution of Planned Parenthood.
Howe inherited the case from the former Johnson County district attorney and Kansas attorney general, Phill Kline. Kline had filed the case in 2007, charging Planned Parenthood’s suburban Kansas City clinic with, among other things, 23 felonies for falsifying copies of abortion reports. The KDHE has destroyed the original reports filed with KDHE by Planned Parenthood.
Much is at stake here. These are the only criminal charges ever filed against Planned Parenthood. These felony charges, if proved, would cause Planned Parenthood to lose its federal funding of more than $350 million a year.
Howe’s office is seeking a delay. The prosecutors argue that KDHE’s destruction of the evidence makes the case more difficult to prosecute. Although they have copies of the originals, the prosecutors need to line up witnesses to establish a chain of custody for the copies they have in their possession.
Planned Parenthood, however, is raring to go. “We’ve said all along that the prosecution doesn’t have any evidence that crimes were committed,” local honcho Peter Brownlie told the Associated Press.
Brownlie may have known something the prosecutor did not. Court documents show that KDHE destroyed these documents in 2005 when Kline, then the state’s attorney general, was actively pursuing Planned Parenthood for its failure to report child rape.
In 2005 Sebelius, a Democrat, was Kansas governor. She knew about Republican Kline’s investigation and fought him at every step. This included resisting his efforts to get the relevant records from the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
Despite Sebelius’s resistance, Kline learned that Planned Parenthood and George Tiller’s clinic had each reported only one case of child rape in a two-year period in which 166 abortions were performed on girls 14 and under.
To complete the investigation, Kline needed the records filed by the abortion clinics with KDHE. Sebelius resisted his efforts to subpoena those records.
After KDHE’s motion to quash the subpoena was denied, and after KDHE’s motion to stay the subpoenas was also denied, and after the judge found probable cause to believe Planned Parenthood records contained evidence of crime, Sebelius’s KDHE then destroyed the originals. KDHE did so despite knowing those records were critical evidence in a criminal investigation.
Unable to stop Kline through the courts, Sebelius, with millions in aid from Tiller and incalculable support from the media, engineered Kline’s defeat in his 2006 re-election bid.
Upon leaving the AG’s office, Kline gave his copies of the KDHE records to district Judge Richard Anderson. Anderson, in turn, gave those to Sebelius’s new handpicked attorney general, Paul Morrison. These copies have also disappeared.
Morrison then promptly announced that Planned Parenthood did nothing wrong and joined Planned Parenthood in suing to remove all records from Kline’s possession.
Sebelius has long supported Planned Parenthood and done so openly. In May 2007 – a month after Judge Anderson told Morrison’s office, “There is evidence of crimes in the records that need to be evaluated” – Planned Parenthood held a gala fundraiser in Kansas City to celebrate Sebelius’ birthday.
By the end of the evening, according to the local Planned Parenthood newsletter, “Hundreds of PPKM supporters were dancing in a conga line around the concert hall.”
Leading the “dancing pack” was Peter Brownlie, the local CEO whose abortion clinic was at the center of this deadly serious criminal investigation.
The Planned Parenthood crowd “sure knows how to have fun!” enthused the newsletter reporter.
The ones who did not have fun were the 166 rape victims 14 and younger who were brought to the state’s two abortion clinics during the two-year period Kline investigated.
Kline’s pursuit of justice in this matter evoked the wrath of the Kansas City Star and caused his political downfall. The Star, which cheered the abortion clinics on in their efforts to conceal the truth, is now leading a crusade to convict Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn for failing to report one case of child pornography in a sufficiently expeditious manner.
“In order to protect abortion providers, the Kansas City Star lied to and deceived the public about the legitimacy of my investigation into child rape and failure to report child rape,” says Kline, now a professor of law at Liberty University.
“The Star’s newfound concern on the [child pornography] issue only reveals their belief that abortion is above the law and their policy that institutions of faith should be singled out for condemnation.”