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Planned Parenthood Faces Medical Records Subpoena

A Kansas judge in Johnson county pushed attorneys for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Missouri (PPKM) to agree to turn over medical records subpoenaed by the grand jury investigating PPKMs reproductive health clinic on Friday. According to the Kansas City Star, the judge offered to keep the medical records in his possession while the grand jury is not using them in order to help protect PPKM patients privacy.

The grand jury subpoenaed the medical records of 16 women who had abortions at PPKMs Comprehensive Health Clinic in 2003. The grand jury claims it needs the files to determine whether the clinic is adhering to parental notification and 24-hour waiting period laws. According to the Associated Press, they have also demanded financial records to determine if PPKM had been illegally profiting from the sale of fetal tissue, accusations that PPKM adamantly denies. funny pictures funny images funny photos funny animal pictures funny dog pictures funny cat pictures funny gifs

“These are inflammatory, false, malicious and ill-intended allegations made without any supportive evidence,” said Pedro Irigonegaray, an attorney for PPKM, according to Medical News Today. “These types of allegations are only intended to push people into shutting down clinics that are doing a great service, a service for patients who come to us at a time of need.”

The grand jury was convened in December following a citizen’s petition circulated by anti-abortion extremist groups. Kansas is one of only six states that allow citizens to petition to empanel a grand jury. A citizen petition-generated Kansas grand jury investigation is also underway into Dr. George Tiller, one of the few remaining late-term abortion providers for women with troubled pregnancies and complicated health problems.

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Sources:

Medical News Today 2/25/08; Kansas City Star 2/22/08; Associated Press 2/21/08

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