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2/25/2005

What IS the Matter with Kansas?

Not only do Republicans have a propensity to lie to us, they also think we are too stupid to realize it. The latest example comes from Kansas (surprise, surprise).

Kansas AG Phill Kline "a staunch opponent of abortion, has demanded the medical records of nearly 90 woman and girls who had late-term abortions, saying he needs the material to investigate crimes."

What crimes you may ask? Kline says he has, "the duty to investigate and prosecute child rape and other crimes in order to protect Kansas children."

That's a noble cause, but demanding abortion records to combat rape? I still don't follow. Here is his explanation. "Sex involving someone under 16 is illegal in Kansas, and it is illegal in the state for doctors to perform an abortion after 22 weeks unless there is reason to believe it is needed to protect the mother's health."

"The clinics said Kline demanded their complete, unedited medical records for women and girls who sought abortions at least 22 weeks into their pregnancies in 2003. Court papers did not identify the clinics.

The records sought include the patient's name, medical history, details of her sex life, birth control practices and psychological profile."

OK, if a crime has been committed then fine, by all means investigate. Let's all be grown ups for a minute though. This request really has nothing to do with investigating child rape. It has everything to do with harassing and persecuting women who have had abortions. If Kline is really so concerned about child rape then why hasn't he requested all the hospital records of girls aged 16 and under who actually gave birth to babies? I guess in Kansas you only get prosecuted for raping a child if that child chooses to have an abortion. If you can talk her into having the baby your home free.

Does Kline think we won't realize the real intent of this request? Stay tuned, this crap is coming to a state near you soon.

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