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Kansas Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Subpoena of Tiller Patient Records

The Kansas Supreme Court temporarily blocked a grand jury’s subpoena of the medical records of some 2,000 women who sought late-term abortions at Dr. George Tiller’s Wichita clinic. Attorneys for Dr. Tiller appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court last week to block the subpoena. funny pictures funny images funny photos funny animal pictures funny dog pictures funny cat pictures funny gifs After hearing testimony from Operation Rescue leader Troy Newman, the grand jury subpoenaed the medical records, with names removed, of all of Dr. Tiller’s patients who had sought or obtained abortions after their 21st week of pregnancy in the past five years. Dr. Tiller’s attorneys did not turn over the requested records. Instead, they argued that patients’ privacy could still be violated, even without names on the records. Dr. Tiller is one of the few late-term abortion providers available for women with troubled pregnancies and complicated health problems. This investigation was convened last month as the result of a petition drive led by the anti-abortion extremist group Operation Rescue. Kansas is one of six states that allow citizens to petition for a grand jury to convene. Previous investigations into Dr. Tiller’s clinic have not produced evidence of any wrong-doing. “We are pleased,” Lee Thompson, an attorney representing Tiller, told the Associated Press. “The Supreme Court has recognized very significant issues regarding privacy protection are at stake and is willing to give us more time to assess that.” The Supreme Court gave the judge presiding over the grand jury a deadline of Feb 11 to file arguments supporting the legality of the subpoenas. Dr. Tiller’s lawyers will then have until Feb 25 to respond. You can help Dr. Tiller! Send him and his staff a letter of support, or donate today to help defray his legal costs!

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Associated Press 2/5/08; order of the Supreme Court of the State of Kansas 2/5/08; The Wichita Eagle 2/6/08