Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Life Links 7/20/11

The Kansas City Star has an update on Phill Kline's ethics trial.
Stephanie Hensel, the presiding juror, testified Tuesday about its investigation into whether the clinic had failed to report sexual abuse of children as required by Kansas law. She said Kline and his subordinates provided incomplete and misleading information about state law, prompting the grand jury to issue a subpoena for Planned Parenthood records. The grand jury eventually withdrew it and never issued an indictment.....

In comments to reporters during a break, Kline said he and his staff provided an accurate summary of the law. His attorneys later produced a transcript from a December 2007 grand jury meeting with comments from Kline to the grand jury that were more nuanced than in Hensel’s account.

And Kline told reporters that Hensel and other grand jurors were confused by attorneys the grand jury had retained to help it.

The Justice Department has sued another prolife protester under the FACE Act.
According to the federal complaint, Maryland resident Richard Retta has violated the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act by intimidating and interfering with patients for more than a decade.
The complaint seems pretty weak. There is one claim that he physically obstructed a woman from entering an abortion clinic. Besides that we're told he walks closely to women and one time stepped on a woman's shoe.

Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed a post-viability abortion ban.
House Bill 78 bans abortions when a doctor determines a fetus can live outside the womb — a condition known as viability, which is typically when a pregnancy is 23 to 24 weeks along. Doctors would be required to test for viability when a woman is 20 weeks’ pregnant or more.

The law will take effect after 90 days.
Here's the text of the bill.

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