RealTime: Phill Kline Goes After Planned Parenthood Again

As the Attorney General of Kansas, Phill Kline very publicly pursued charges against George Tiller's Wichita reproductive health clinic, which included an attempted subpoena of private medical records eventually shot down by the state's Supreme Court. Tiller and his clinic were cleared of any wrongdoing by current Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison, who easily unseated Phill Kline in last year's election. After losing to Morrison, Kline quickly moved to Kansas City to take over the district attorney's chair in Johnson County.

From that chair yesterday Kline filed dozens of charges against Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. His office has yet to comment on the filing.

Planned Parenthood's president and chief executive officer Peter Brownlie said the clinic does not perform any abortion after the twenty-second week of pregnancy. "We always provide high-quality care in full accord with state and federal law," Brownlie told the AP.

Four months ago Attorney General Morrison closed an investigation of Planned Parenthood and told its attorneys he had found no wrongdoing by the clinic or its personnel.

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

Like this story? Your $10 tax-deductible contribution helps support our research, reporting, and analysis.

For more information or to schedule an interview with contact

  • invalid-0

    …which included an attempted subpoena of private medical records eventually shot down by the state’s Supreme Court.

    That’s incorrect. Not only 1) did the State Supreme Court rule that Kline can seek access to the records and 2) District Court Judge Richard Anderson turned over patient charts to Kline’s office, but Kline actually stole the charts when he went to Johnson County.

    Looks like he’s putting the stolen charts to good use.

    It would be very interesting to have someone with a legal background comment on the issue of the stolen charts and their subsequent use to bring [apparently, the same old] charges against the clinic.

  • invalid-0

    actually, the current A.G. Paul Morrison did clear Planned Parenthood but continued to prosecute Dr. Tiller for misdemeanors related to technicalities regarding financial ties with the second physician who signed off late-term abortions. either way, as far as Phil Kline is concerned it’s open season in any position he holds within this state.