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Friday, October 19, 2007

Kline can't quit

He's at it again. A friend sent me the story that "Johnson County (Kansas) District Attorney Phill Kline charged the clinic with 23 felony counts and 84 misdemeanor counts, according to court records." When he was Attorney General (he lost his election) he obtained records of patients for review and filed charges very similar to these "new" ones.
As for allegations that Planned Parenthood performed illegal late-term abortions, [Peter Brownlie, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missour] said its clinic doesn't perform any past the 22nd week of pregnancy.

Attorney General Paul Morrison previously reviewed all of the allegations upon which Kline's criminal charges are based and found no wrongdoing, Morrison spokeswoman Ashley Anstaett said.

"The attorney general did a thorough review of Planned Parenthood and found no wrongdoing," Anstaett said. "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."

Kline's charges came less than four months after Morrison closed his investigation and told Planned Parenthood's attorneys that he found no wrongdoing by the clinic or its personnel.

Not only do I think his motivation is purely political and not about patient safety, but he's also trying to use tax-payer money to do it. Even if the charges are bogus, Planned Parenthood will still have to go to court, use up valuable resources, and that's what is really sad about the story. How many more women could we service?

Our opposition likes to question the 3% statistic. Overall, 3% of Planned Parenthood's services are abortions. As you can see from our stats page, even if you added pregnancy testing to the mix, we wouldn't be much higher than 5% - far from what the opposition believes or says. A whopping 37% of services go towards contraceptives or in other words, preventing unplanned pregnancies.

Attacks on Planned Parenthood clinics in Kansas concern us in Illinois. Why? Because what happens there happens to us. Our nifty slogan rolls both ways folks. :)

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Blogger jovan said...

Phill Kline is one of the Worst People of the Week, nominated my me. I call it Asshole of the Week, though.

October 19, 2007 at 6:25 PM  

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