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|Fri, 06-29-2007 - 10:27pm|
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~~~Kansas AG Morrison Ends Investigation of Planned Parenthood Affiliate Accused of Illegal Late-Term Abortions, Drops Half of Tiller Charges
Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison (D) on Tuesday in a letter to Pedro Irigonegaray, the attorney representing Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, said he has ended the investigation against a clinic operated by the organization in Overland Park, Kan., for allegedly performing illegal late-term abortions. Former state Attorney General Phill Kline (R) in 2004 subpoenaed the records of 90 women and girls who in 2003 underwent late-term abortions at Comprehensive Health, which is operated by PPKM. Kline also subpoenaed the records at Women's Health Care Services in Wichita, Kan., saying there is probable cause that each record contains evidence of a felony. The state Supreme Court in February 2006 ruled that Kline can seek access to the records but that he must return to Shawnee County, Kan., District Court Judge Richard Anderson and present his reasons for seeking the subpoenas. Anderson turned over the records to Kline's office in November 2006 after removing information that would identify individuals. Morrison in the letter to Irigonegaray wrote, "Our investigation is now complete, and we have found no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing by your client." He added, "As a result, we will not be filling any charges against your client."
~~~Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Teacher Challenging Ohio Law on Union Membership Due to Abortion-Rights Stance
U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost on Thursday ruled an Ohio law that allows only members of religions with "historically held conscientious objections" to union membership to opt out is discriminatory. The case involves Carol Katter, a Catholic teacher in the St. Mary's School District in western Ohio who opposes abortion rights. Katter said she refused to pay dues to the National Education Association because she said the union supports abortion rights. Katter sued the State Employment Relations Board after the panel ruled against her claim for a religious exemption. Frost in his ruling wrote that the law discriminates among religions by recognizing the Mennonite and Seventh-day Adventist objections to joining unions while denying the same right to others. "The statute further differentiates between two employees who have the same religious beliefs, are members of churches with formal doctrines against supporting labor unions, but one of the churches has recently embraced a doctrine, while the other has historically embraced it."
~~~Louisiana: The House on Tuesday voted 104-0 to pass a bill (HB 614) that would ban so-called "partial-birth" abortion in the state and create criminal penalties for physicians who perform the procedure. The Senate passed the bill by a 36-0 vote on Monday, and the measure now goes to Gov. Kathleen Blanco (D). Under the legislation, sponsored by Rep. Gary Beard (R), doctors who provide the procedure could receive fines up to $100,000 and jail sentences of up to 10 years. The ban would allow exceptions when the life of the pregnant woman is in danger. Gov. Blanco has not indicated whether she would sign the measure.