The State Attorney General of Kansas is attempting to gain access to abortion records from two clinics, in the attempt to determine if there were suspected child rapes or violations of state regulations on abortion. From what I have read, there have been no complaints from any parents or patients of that clinic in regards to the clinic's practices.
I don't know what Kansas law states in regards to prohibiting abortion but the State Attorney General is clearly anti-abortion and has been targeting these clinics for quite some time. His office claims that none of the names of the patients will be released but somehow I don't buy it. In fact, among my concerns, is that the information about the adult patients is eventually released to some third-party anti-abortion group who will then target these women.
Now it's one thing if a parent calls upon the State Attorney General and files a complaint that her daughter was allowed to have an abortion in some manner that violated state law then I believe the state should be allowed to have access to the clinic's information, but ONLY that particular patient's information, nothing else. If it is determined the clinic has a history of violating the law, then I believe the records of other patients may be accessed on a limited basis.
But I do not believe the Kansas State Atty General has the right to go on a fishing expedition simply because he is anti-abortion.
First abortion clinics, what's next? Who is to say that eventually the Atty General could request a family practice release its records of underage patients.
Now this isn't an issue of whether or not one is in favor of abortion rights or not. So please let's not turn it into that. I do believe however that this is an issue of government abuse of power and how much information they have a right to...