Kansas prosecutor denied Planned Parenthood records

A district court judge in Johnson County, Kan., ruled Monday that the local district attorney is not entitled to abortion reports he wants for a criminal case against Planned Parenthood.

The documents are key to District Attorney Phill Kline’s 107-count case against Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri and a clinic, Comprehensive Health, that it operates in Overland Park, Kan., a Kansas City suburb.

Kline, who has been pursuing Planned Parenthood for years, first as state attorney general and then, after he was defeated for re-election, as Johnson County's district attorney, subpoenaed 23 late-term abortion reports from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. But the department refused to comply, saying that the state rule prohibits the department from disclosing information that could identify a patient or abortion provider. District Judge Stephen Tatum said he agreed.

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