Kansas Supreme Court Hears Dispute In Abortion Clinic Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A prosecutor says a Kansas Supreme Court ruling in a records dispute could determine whether a criminal case against an abortion clinic goes forward.

The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday from an assistant Johnson County district attorney and an attorney for a Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park.

The dispute centers on subpoenas issued to four potential witnesses for records relating to individual abortions. A Johnson County judge quashed the subpoenas last year. The DA's office appealed.

Former District Attorney Phill Kline filed 107 criminal charges against the clinic in October 2007, accusing it of falsifying records and performing illegal late-term abortions. The clinic denies wrongdoing.

Kline left office in January, but his successor, Steve Howe, said the court's ruling could determine how much evidence is available.

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