Anti-Choice DA Steals Patients' Medical Charts

If you want a preview of what will happen to your medical records once abortion is banned in the U.S., pay close attention to the demented antics of Kansas' very own Phill "Patient Chart Thief" Kline.

After being ousted as Kansas' Attorney General, but before leaving office to become the Johnson County District Attorney, Phill "Patient Chart Thief" Kline stole the medical records of 90 patients who had post-22-week abortions in 2003 at Comprehensive Health or Women's Health Care Services in Wichita, Kan.:

2004 - Kline subpoenas patient records.

February 2006 - State Supreme Court rules Kline can seek access to the records but not before he presents his reasons for seeking the subpoenas to District Court Judge Richard Anderson.
November 2006
- Judge Anderson turns over patient charts to Kline's office.
November 2006
- Paul Morrison, Johnson County district attorney, defeats Kline and becomes the new Kansas Attorney General.

January 5, 2007 - Kline forwards copies of patient charts to the Johnson County district attorney's office.

January 8, 2007 - Kline leaves the state attorney general's office for the Johnson County district attorney's office where he replaces Morrison as the new district attorney.

June 2007 - After finding no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing by the clinic, Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison ends the investigation of Comprehensive Health.

June 2007 - Morrison also informs Comprehensive Health that Kline, the Johnson County district attorney, retains copies of the patient charts and he finally tells the clinic about Kline forwarding copies of the charts to the Johnson County district attorney's office on Jan. 5.

June 6, 2007 - The clinic files a petition with the state Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus against Kline.

June 22, 2007 - State Supreme Court tells Kline he has until July 12 to respond.

Unfortunately, no further information is available about this lawsuit. Those involved have not discussed the case and the documents are sealed.

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