Court Orders Kline to Return Abortion Records

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Supreme Court orders Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline to turn over abortion patients' medical records.

The records are key evidence in a criminal case Kline filed in October 2007 against a clinic operated by Planned Parenthood in Overland Park. His 107 charges allege the clinic falsified documents and performed illegal late-term abortions.

The clinic denies the allegations and questions Kline's right to the records. The Supreme Court ordered Kline to turn over the records to Attorney General Steve Six by Dec. 12. Kline began his investigation of the Planned Parenthood clinic while serving as attorney general in 2003-07. Before he left the state office, he had them transferred to Johnson County, where he
was taking over as prosecutor.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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