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Old March 6th, 2011, 06:17 PM   #1
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This isn't a story about a prosecutor who took on the abortion industry in general, but the "late-term" abortion industry specifically.



Even taking on the late-term abortion industry in Kansas anyway is a taboo, dangerous to your job and reputation.



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Why prosecutors fear the abortion industry



By Jack Cashill





Last month, two young actors posing as sex traffickers visited a Planned Parenthood clinic in Central New Jersey. Without half trying, they inspired the clinic manager to share her strategies for servicing a stable of underage sex slaves without getting caught.





According to Lila Rose, the 22-year-old founder of the group that organized the sting, this was the 11th clinic at which abortion workers volunteered to assist self-professed exploiters of underage girls.





Given the seriousness of the offenses, and the ease of evoking arguably criminal behavior, the abortion business would seem a tempting target for county prosecutors and state attorneys general.





The ambitious, however, likely know better, at least those who have studied the case of Phill Kline, the attorney general of Kansas who uniquely dared to take on the abortion industry.





Kline had good cause. When elected AG in 2002 – the same year Democrat Kathleen Sebelius was elected governor – Kansas reigned as the world's undisputed capital of late-term abortion.





Indeed, a full 98 percent of the late-term abortions in Kansaswere performed on women from out-of-state or out of the country, many, as Kline learned, in utter disregard of the state's tough abortion laws.





As part of a larger campaign against the sexual abuse of children, Kline started turning over rocks, and the industry took note. In 2006, Planned Parenthood rewarded Kline for his vigilance by designating him a "domestic terrorist," the only elected official among the 15 selected nationwide.





In that same year, Sebelius persuaded a popular Republican district attorney to switch parties and run against Kline. The abortion industry invested some $2 million in the campaign, and the Kansas City Star won Planned Parenthood's top editorial honor for its unhinged anti-Kline cheerleading.





In a bad year for Republicans, even in Kansas, Kline lost. The abortion crowd had barely begun their end-zone dance, however, when in early 2007 Republican precinct captains elected Kline to complete the term of the party-switching DA who had beaten him.





As district attorney of affluent Johnson County in suburban Kansas City, Kline was able to resume the investigation he had begun years earlier into the Planned Parenthood clinic located in that county.





Kansas law allows for late-term abortions only if the baby is judged non-viable or if there is a major threat to health of the mother or to her life.





The records Kline had subpoenaed from the Planned Parenthood clinic showed that doctors had performed late-term abortions without documenting either non-viability or maternal harm in at least 23 cases.





In October 2007, Kline filed 107 counts, 23 of them felonies,against the abortion clinic. He was the first – and remains the only –prosecutor in the nation's history to bring criminal charges against Planned Parenthood.





Even more unsettling for Planned Parenthood, three separate judges had found probable cause on four separate occasions that Kline "stood on firm legal ground" in proceeding against the abortion industry as he had.





Scarier still, these criminal charges directly threatened the $325 million in annual federal funding taxpayers "invest" in Planned Parenthood, nearly a third of its annual budget.





Planned Parenthood, however, had a friend in the governor's office. In 2007, while Kline was proceeding with his investigation, Planned Parenthood held a birthday party for the newly re-elected Gov. Sebelius.





By the end of the evening, according to the local Planned Parenthood newsletter, "Hundreds of PPKM supporters were dancing in a conga line around the concert hall."





Leading the "dancing pack" was Peter Brownlie, the local CEO whose abortion clinic was at the center of this deadly serious criminal investigation.





Planned Parenthood also had friends on the Kansas Supreme Court.Kansas law uniquely allows the governor to appoint justices without legislative confirmation. Not surprisingly, Sebelius appointed her allies.





The first one she chose was Carole Beier, an alumna of the National Women's Law Center, a leftist outfit that works "to ensure that women have access to abortion care."





Even before Kline had filed charges, Beier had joined with Planned Parenthood to enlist the Supreme Court in an investigation of Kline's ethics.





Without informing Kline, the Court went so far as to order into silence a judge who had independently corroborated Kline's findings.





Planned Parenthood, of course, also had friends in the media. The Star – and the local media that took their cues from the Star – hammered Klineas a "theocrat" with a prurient interest in women's private medical records.





So relentless and effective was the slander that Kline was defeated in his bid to continue on as Johnson County district attorney.





Not content to ruin his career, the abortion industry and its allies chose to make an example of Kline by ruining his life. They did this through an ongoing ethics investigation, the defense against which Kline has had to pay for himself.





Heading up the investigation has been Stanton Hazlett, the"disciplinary administrator" who works under the direction of the Supreme Court.





Initially, Hazlett contracted with two independent attorneys to scrutinize Kline's prosecutorial efforts. Eighteen months later, the pair offered their unwelcome conclusion:





"After reviewing the substantial documentation in this case,it is the opinion of these investigators that there is not probable cause that Phill Kline violated any of the rules of ethics."





Promptly deep-sixed, the report came to Kline's attention when it surfaced among the 30,000 pages of documents produced in discovery two years later.





This exoneration notwithstanding, Hazlett soldiered on. InDecember 2010, he sent Kline's attorneys a list of the allegations now pending against their client. So specious and trivial are they that Kansas taxpayers should demand someone's heads for the years and dollars wasted.





"We will argue," wrote Hazlett tellingly, "that Mr.Kline's strong personal anti-abortion beliefs interfered with his judgment in prosecuting the abortion clinics."





Rest assured, Kline could have pursued any other industry in thestate without fear of such reprisal. Had he done so, the smart, well-spokenKline could have been governor today.





With prosecutors like Kline silenced, and others too fearful to speak up, the abortion industry goes about its unholy business with less regulation than any legal industry in America.





This became obvious three weeks after Hazlett posted his allegations. In January, a Philadelphia grand jury indicted Dr. Kermit Gosnell for the murder of seven babies delivered alive and then killed in a clinic the grand jury report described as "third world" in its squalor.





Said the grand jury, "The Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all." Apparently after pro-life Gov. Bob Casey had stepped down, Pennsylvania officials had concluded that inspections would put "a barrier up to women" seeking abortions.





On Feb. 21, Kline, now a law professor in Virginia, will return to Kansas to fight for his law license. If he loses, all barriers in Kansas will likely fall, and the state's abortionists can be confident they will not see much in the way of inspection for years to come.


To learn more about the Kline case, please see standwithtruth.com.









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Old March 7th, 2011, 02:01 PM   #2
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The ninth amendment applies to abortion and the individual states decide abortion limitations. There are a very few late term abortion providers in the U.S and late term abortions are 1% of the total abortions done in the U.S. And those are mostly women whose lives are at risk or on women that have been told and shown that the baby is incapable of survival after it's born or suffering for a period before dying. These are not "industries", they are necessary services that women and families need to have access to when life turns shitty and there are no other options.
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The ninth amendment applies to abortion and the individual states decide abortion limitations. There are a very few late term abortion providers in the U.S and late term abortions are 1% of the total abortions done in the U.S. And those are mostly women whose lives are at risk or on women that have been told and shown that the baby is incapable of survival after it's born or suffering for a period before dying. These are not "industries", they are necessary services that women and families need to have access to when life turns shitty and there are no other options.


Can you provide a link for these assertions?



Otherwise it is merely anecdotal and designed to flame
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The ninth amendment applies to abortion and the individual states decide abortion limitations. There are a very few late term abortion providers in the U.S and late term abortions are 1% of the total abortions done in the U.S. And those are mostly women whose lives are at risk or on women that have been told and shown that the baby is incapable of survival after it's born or suffering for a period before dying. These are not "industries", they are necessary services that women and families need to have access to when life turns shitty and there are no other options.




If some womans life were on the line and she was going to die........she wouldnt be able to travel to Kansas........and she could have stayed in her own state for medical treatment. No hospital would allow a woman to die. They could induce pregnancy and take it. The majority of women went there to kill normal babies and the undercover sting proved it. PP will do anything to cover even the illegal stuff up and there are enough left wing groups to help them do it.
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Most late term abortions are sought by women trying to have a child, but something went horribly wrong during the pregnancy. The situations are usually tragic, and wingnuts like Churchrat just make the lives of these women a living hell - often the fetus is already dead or is anencephalic, or the woman has had chemotherapy during pregnancy. The ironic thing is that the anti-choice protesters harassing those seeking 3rd-trimester abortions have usually been harassing women trying to have a baby. These aren't elective procedures as the law in Kansas is very restrictive:

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As long as fetus is not viable (and mother's informed consent obtained); abortion of viable fetus permitted if 2nd M.D. certifies that abortion is necessary to preserve life of mother or fetus has severe, life-threatening deformity or abnormality
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Most late term abortions are sought by women who are trying to have a child, but something went horrible wrong during the pregnancy. The situations are usually tragic, and wingnuts like Churchrat just make the lives of these women a living hell - often the fetus is already dead or is anencephalic. Except for cases of rape and incest, these aren't elective procedures - the law in Kansas generally only permits 3rd trimester abortions of non-viable fetuses, or to preserve the life of the mother.


And to preserve the mental health of the mother. Tiller's records showed that a large percentage of the late-term abortions he performed were on viable fetuses.
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And to preserve the mental health of the mother.
My understanding is that it's not in the statutory definition, but only as part of an AG ruling. Unfortunately Kansas has no other health exceptions.



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Tiller's records showed that a large percentage of the late-term abortions he performed were on viable fetuses.
FYI, medical records are not public. Tiller's records have only been made available en aggregate to a grand jury (ie, not a public trial), which had repeatedly found his practice compliant to Kansas law.



As a side note, there's an ongoing investigation into the illegal conduct of former AG Kline:

http://tpmmuckraker....as_virtuall.php

I'm very happy to see in more recent news that he's losing his case - he's a real ass who should be in prison for HIPAA violations and malicious prosecution. He reminds me of the gay-obsessed former assistant AG in Michigan, Andrew Shirvell. Kline was just obsessed about abortion, but equally willing to violate the law.

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In Nebraska we see the result of an even more restrictive abortion law, which lacks an exception for viability:

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Danielle Deaver was about 22 weeks into her pregnancy when doctors told her she wouldn't be able to carry to term and her child would die soon after birth. Then to her surprise, she learned doctors couldn't end her non-viable pregnancy because of a new Nebraska law barring late-term abortions. "It wasn't an abortion," Deaver said in an interview Sunday. "We wanted this baby."



The law bans abortions after 20 weeks based on the disputed notion that fetuses can feel pain after that point. It prevented doctors from medically inducing Deaver to go into labor, and they told her she would have to go into labor naturally.



Ten days later, on Dec. 8, she gave birth to a baby girl named Elizabeth who died in her mother's arms after 15 minutes.



"It was very frustrating and added to our grief because the waiting compounded everything," said Deaver, who suffered three miscarriages before giving birth to a healthy boy in May 2008.




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In Nebraska we see the result of an even more restrictive abortion law, which lacks an exception for viability:


This is why I believe that these kinds of decisions should me made by doctors, not politicians.





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Most late term abortions are sought by women trying to have a child, but something went horribly wrong during the pregnancy. The situations are usually tragic, and wingnuts like Churchrat just make the lives of these women a living hell - often the fetus is already dead or is anencephalic, or the woman has had chemotherapy during pregnancy. The ironic thing is that the anti-choice protesters harassing those seeking 3rd-trimester abortions have usually been harassing women trying to have a baby. These aren't elective procedures as the law in Kansas is very restrictive:




Not true...if that were the case and their lives in danger any hospital in the country would have to act to save their life. These women for the most part are killing healthy babies. This has already been substantiated. The majority of babied Tiller killed were healthy. If the fetus was dead...........any hospital would take it. You are absolutely wrong.
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