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Kansas atty. gen. vows anti-abortion fight

Dec. 23, 2006 at 11:45 AM

WICHITA, Kan., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A Kansas judge has dismissed charges against a late-term-abortion provider, ruling the outgoing attorney general had overstepped his authority.

Attorney General Phill Kline angrily vowed to get the charges reinstated against Dr. George Tiller of Wichita.

Kline had pressed a two-year legal battle for Tiller's medical records. He got charts for about 60 patients turned over to him in late October, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Kline filed 30 charges against Tiller for performing abortions on 15 patients, including several young teens and one 10-year-old, all in their late second or early third trimesters.

Tiller approved the abortions because the women and girls had experienced a "major depressive disorder," court records show.

Kline maintains depression is not a valid reason for a late-term abortion under Kansas law.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled any restrictions on abortion must include an exception for the pregnant woman's health, including her mental well-being.

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