Planned Parenthood Vindicated by Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline’s Inefinite Suspension from Practicing Law
Friday, October 18, 2013
Today the Kansas Supreme Court made a momentous and unanimous decision, finding former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline repeatedly violated the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys, including rules that prohibit engaging in false or dishonest conduct. As a result, Kline’s law license has been indefinitely suspended.
Kline’s politically motivated attacks against Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri over an eight year period resulted in an inquisition and 107 baseless criminal charges against Planned Parenthood, all of which were ultimately dismissed. In the process of these attacks, Kline misled the Kansas Supreme Court when seeking subpoenas, mishandled patient medical records, misstated the whereabouts of those records, selectively presented information to a Johnson County grand jury, relied on data known to be flawed to justify the investigation before a judge, and ignored court warnings about his inappropriate media conversations over the case.
I am pleased to say the judicial system in Kansas worked as it’s supposed to. We are gratified Phill Kline is being held to account for his egregious misconduct after a full hearing of the facts of the case by an independent judiciary. The time and taxpayer money Kline spent on a misguided crusade against Planned Parenthood can never be recovered, nor can the time and resources we had to divert from preventive services for Kansas families. But we are satisfied that Kansans are protected from Kline’s continued unethical practice of law.
Planned Parenthood said throughout this long ordeal Mr. Kline was pursuing a political witch hunt based on his ideological and political views, not the law. Today’s unanimous decision confirms we were right. All the specious charges he brought against us have been dismissed. The loss of his license completes our vindication.
We are glad to get back to giving our full attention to providing high-quality, life-saving health care to nearly 11,000 Kansans each year.
Peter B. Brownlie President & CEO Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri