Guest Author - Rebecca Franklin
Phill Kline, the Kansas Attorney General is seeking the medical records of 90 women and girls that had late-term (22+ weeks gestation) abortions at two Kansas abortion clinics. He has not yet disclosed his motives for the request, but it's no secret that he's against abortion. In 2003, Kline requested that all Kansas health care providers report under age sexual activity. (It is a crime to have sexual relations with anyone under the age of 14 in Kansas.) A U.S. district judge struck it down soon afterward.
Under U.S. privacy law, medical records can only be obtained without the patient's consent if they pertain to a criminal investigation. In this week's case, Kline says the subpoenas are meant to uncover evidence to be used in possible child abuse and rape cases.
Opponents of the pro-life Attorney General claim this is a massive invasion of privacy and that Kline is focusing only on late-term abortions. Kansas allows late-term abortion only if the mother's life is in danger or the unborn child has been deemed not medically viable. Elective late-term abortion is illegal.