Kansas high court stops state AG from accessing abortion records

[JURIST] The Kansas Supreme Court [official website] on Friday temporarily stopped [ruling summary] Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline [official website] from accessing private abortion clinic records until a lower court determines whether Kline actually has a right to see the records. The state supreme court feared that Kline's insistence on access to records from two abortion clinics for his investigation of potential violations of state restrictions on abortion and suspected rapes of children could infringe on patients' rights to obtain confidential and lawful abortions without an undue governmental burden. If lower court Judge Richard Anderson determines that Kline does have the right to access the records of two abortion clinics, the high court insisted that Kline still ensure the protection of patients' privacy. At Kline's request, Anderson issued subpoenas for the records of two clinics operated by Dr. George Tiller [clinic website] involving 90 women and girls in 2004, and Kline launched his investigation [CBS report] in early 2005. Tiller's clinics, known for performing late-term abortions, was bombed in 1985, and Tiller himself was shot in both arms by a protestor in 1993. AP has more.

 

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