Abortion Provider Seeks End To Kansas Criminal Case

By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Defense attorneys are asking a Kansas judge
to dismiss the remaining criminal charges against a Kansas
City-area Planned Parenthood clinic accused of performing illegal
abortions.

Attorney Pedro Irigonegaray said Tuesday that the Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park has strong legal arguments for dismissal. Defense attorneys argue the allegations boil down to differences of medical opinion about how abortions were handled.

Forty-nine charges against the clinic, including felony counts
of falsifying records, were dismissed in November. Fifty-eight
remain, concerning 29 abortions performed in 2003.

Planned Parenthood attorneys filed multiple requests under seal
last month in Johnson County District Court to have the remaining
charges dismissed. The Associated Press obtained copies Tuesday,
after the judge handling the case unsealed them.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe declined comment.


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