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Kansas AG seeks records of late-term abortion recipients

[JURIST] Two medical clinics have asked the Kansas Supreme Court [official website] to intercede in secret investigation by Attorney General Phill Kline [official website] seeking medical records of females seeking late-term abortions. Kline wants the records in an attempt to find evidence of sex crimes against children. Kansas law gives prosecutors the authority to conduct secret inquisitions during a criminal investigation. The two clinics argue that there would be a breach of the doctor-patient privilege if Kline receives the information. Furthermore, patients who are under subpoena do not know Kline is attempting to gain access to their files. In an unrelated lawsuit, a federal judge in Wichita had blocked Kline's access to similar records. The two clinics argue Kline is attempting to obtain via state court what he could not access through federal court. The Wichita Eagle has more.

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