Judge Waiting to Decide on Abortion Records

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ A Johnson County District Court judge will decide on April 28 whether to let the state authenticate abortion records in a case against Planned Parenthood.

Judge Stephen R. Tatum heard arguments Thursday concerning the records obtained by District Attorney Phill Kline in a criminal case against Planned Parenthood. The group is accused of performing unlawful late-term abortions and keeping inadequate records at its Overland Park, Kan., clinic.

Kline has asked the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to verify some of the abortion records in his files. But state health officials say state law forbids release of abortion patient information.

Health officials have filed a motion to quash Kline's subpoena regarding the records.

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