Charges Against Kansas Abortion Clinic Dropped

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas prosecutor has dropped the remaining criminal charges against a Kansas City-area Planned Parenthood clinic over allegations that it performed illegal abortions.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced Friday that the 32 misdemeanor charges against the clinic had been dismissed. It was the last part of a criminal case filed in 2007 by Howe's predecessor.

The clinic originally faced 107 criminal charges, including some felonies. It was thought to be the first criminal case in the U.S. against a Planned Parenthood clinic.

But most of the charges were dismissed earlier for various reasons, leaving only charges related to allegations that 16 abortions performed in 2003 violated a state law restricting late-term procedures.

Howe said in a statement the he concluded that the clinic had followed accepted medical practices.


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