Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline has demanded that two clinics hand over files on dozens of patients who had late-term abortions. Many of the patients were minors, and Kline said it was his “duty” to determine whether they were the victims of child rape. Klein also said he needed the files to enforce a state law against aborting a fetus old enough to survive outside the womb, unless the pregnancy threatens the woman’s health. The inquiry focused on Dr. George Tiller, one of the few doctors nationwide who provides abortions in the late stages of pregnancy. A clinic lawyer said Kline was on a “fishing expedition,” hoping to shut Tiller down.
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