Criminal Charges Dismissed Against Kansas Planned Parenthood Clinic

A Planned Parenthood clinic in the Kansas City area is one step closer to providing health services without the threat of a lawsuit over its head after a state judge dismissed 26 misdemeanor charges against it. For the past five years, the organization has been fighting a total of 107 criminal charges filed by former Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline in 2007 — including 23 felonies alleging the clinic covered up illegal late-term abortions — in the first-ever criminal case against a Planned Parenthood clinic. The most serious charges, including the felonies, were dropped in November, but 32 misdemeanor charges still remain. This is not the only legal challenge to Planned Parenthood clinics in the state. The Kansas attorney general has paid more than $675,000 to outside lawyers to defend Kansas’ anti-abortion laws, including an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.