Kansas’ attorney general Phill Kline is seeking the medical records of nearly 90 women and girls from abortion clinics, the New York Times reports. Two clinics are fighting this request. Kline says he needs the material for an investigation into underage sex and illegal late-term abortions.
The clinics, which said nearly 90 women and girls would be affected, are offering to provide records with some key information, including names, edited out.
"These women’s rights will be sacrificed if this fishing expedition is not halted or narrowed,” the clinics said in court papers.
On Oct. 21, state District Judge Richard Anderson ruled that Kline could have the files. The clinics then filed an appeal with the high court. No hearing has been scheduled.
What concerns me is, what is Kline going to do if he gets these names? Is he going to arrest the women and girls? Is he going to go after the clinics? Is he going to go after the men that impregnated these women? That, essentially, is the problem with anti-abortion legislation. There will always be abortions. You cannot stop that unless you incarcerate every woman who has one. What it will lead to, ofcourse, is unsafe abortions, putting women’s lives at risk. It will also lead to a population explosion and an even greater burden on our economic resources.