Phill Kline's Battle Against Planned Parenthood

Johnson County, Kansas DA Phill Kline may become the first to bring down a local Planned Parenthood operation on a host of criminal charges including failures to report sexual abuse of minors, criminal late term abortions and forged records. 

The legal wars between Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri and Kline boil down to two simple points:  first, Kline alleges — and has taken to a grand jury — evidence that Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri routinely fails to report sexual abuse of children and its doctors perform illegal partial-birth abortions;  second, that this particular Planned Parenthood — which denies all these charges — has, with its Kansas political and media allies, undertaken to discredit and destroy Kline.

The grand jury is also considering 23 charges of false information PP allegedly created to cover their tracks regarding missing viability testing records before abortions were performed.

The facts of this war — which is escalating almost daily — are complex but worth the space it takes to explain. 

Kline — a pro-life crusading DA — has since 2003 been investigating the Johnson County Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.  Kline says PP has allegedly failed to report child rape or abide by viability testing standards on pre-aborted babies — in over 100 instances. Kline says he has discovered evidence of this criminal behavior and more, including criminal late term abortions. 

The case is outlined in the 107 criminal charges originating in the 29 records Kline subpoenaed from the PP facility in 2003

Most recently, on January 16 Kline went before a Kansas court in the case against PP on a motion to disqualify their lawyers from the case. Kline planned to use the lawyers as witnesses for the falsified document charges and said he brought the case against them to “air out their conflict so that PP is stopped — if they are convicted later — from claiming they didn’t know of the conflict and they have ineffective assistance of counsel.”

However, Judge Stephen R. Tatum determined lawyers Pedro Irigonegaray and Robert Eye would not be witnesses for Kline’s case. He denied the motion, enabling them to continue representing PP.

Despite the failed motion, the hearing provided a platform for Kline to present critical evidence in the falsified document charges. 

Kline presented more evidence that PP had forged their viability testing documents. He proved it by calling Shawnee County District Judge Richard Andersen, who authorized Kline’s original case to subpoena records in 2003, to testify. Andersen had two physicians review the records. They found the required testing was missing. In Kansas, abortions are prohibited after 22 weeks of pregnancy save for the mother’s life or severe harm to her health, and this must be documented.

PP lawyers presented notes on viability testing eventually — after Andersen’s testimony –but Andersen and Kline both agreed those notes appeared forged. On his own accord, Andersen consulted a handwriting expert in the police department who determined handwriting samples did not match. This evidence was enlarged on posters for the courtroom.

If the false information charges are true, they are a felony. Kline said in a meeting on last Tuesday that PP is putting up a “vociferous and aggressive fight” to prevent the truth from surfacing.

When I spoke with Jenn Giroux — director of Women Influencing the Nation — after the January 16 court date, she said, “The amount of evidence that was put forth…was just unbelievable and laid the ground work for the rest of the case.”

Kline believes his case is a “confrontation of the greatest manifestation of [Planned Parenthood’s] lie[s]…that’s it’s unconstitutional to report child rape” — one of PP’s foundational arguments. (PP’s position is apparently that it would invade a child’s privacy to report rape.)

Kline said Kansans don’t know the truth behind this case because PP and the mainstream media “shade” the meaning of words” and media coverage has been unfavorable.

Though Kansas has strict standards against performing late third-term abortions, the state leads the country in number. If charges like these can be directed at just one facility in Kansas, thousands of others around the country are likely committing the same crimes. 

“It’s absurd — but we have forced them to the point that their philosophy of our Constitution comes to that result and they don’t want to fight on that hill,” Kline told HUMAN EVENTS.

Kline said at this point he has “not expectation” because “normal rules don’t seem to apply” in this case. The next step is a preliminary hearing relating to the felony charges. There, Kline’s team must put forth sufficient evidence for the judge to grant them a trial.

PP President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Brownlie, according to reports, said he is not worried about the charges.

You can read more about the background of this case in an article published previously.