RealTime: Phill Kline Goes After Planned Parenthood Again

Brady Swenson

Former Kansas Attorney General, now District Attorney, Phill Kline is at it again. Yesterday Kline filed 106 misdemeanor and felony charges against Planned Parenthood in Kansas City.

As the Attorney General of Kansas, Phill Kline very publicly pursued charges against George Tiller's Wichita reproductive health clinic, which included an attempted subpoena of private medical records eventually shot down by the state's Supreme Court. Tiller and his clinic were cleared of any wrongdoing by current Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison, who easily unseated Phill Kline in last year's election. After losing to Morrison, Kline quickly moved to Kansas City to take over the district attorney's chair in Johnson County.

From that chair yesterday Kline filed dozens of charges against Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. His office has yet to comment on the filing.

Planned Parenthood's president and chief executive officer Peter Brownlie said the clinic does not perform any abortion after the twenty-second week of pregnancy. "We always provide high-quality care in full accord with state and federal law," Brownlie told the AP.

Four months ago Attorney General Morrison closed an investigation of Planned Parenthood and told its attorneys he had found no wrongdoing by the clinic or its personnel.

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"The attorney general did a thorough review of Planned Parenthood and found no wrongdoing," said Morrison spokeswoman Ashley Anstaett. "We are skeptical that these charges have any merit, and we continue to wonder how much politics influenced Mr. Kline's decision to file these charges."

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