Law license of former Kansas anti-choice Attorney General suspended

Photo of Phill Kline

Via Wichita Eagle

Some good news on the legal reproductive rights front. Via the Wichita Eagle:

A professional ethics panel recommended Thursday that former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline have his state law license suspended indefinitely over his conduct during criminal investigations of abortion providers, saying he was “motivated by dishonesty and selfishness.”

The three-member panel of the state Board for Discipline of Attorneys said Kline repeatedly misled other officials or allowed subordinates to mislead others, including a Kansas City-area grand jury, to further investigations of abortion providers.

The panel also said Kline made a false statement to the office investigating the misconduct claims against him and even attempted to mislead the panel itself as it considered his case.

This good news comes alongside the upsetting news that Operation Rescue, one of the most aggressive anti-abortion groups in the country, released the name of an anonymous provider today. They are deemed responsible for the murder of Dr. Tiller and have now turned their sites on a female provider who travels to rural area to serve women. Despicable.

Efforts by officials like Phill Kline and others in government to harass and attack abortion providers go hand in hand with the terrorist actions of groups like Operation Rescue, that literally try to murder people offering legally protected medical procedures. We have to fight both types of efforts to protect our access to these services.

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    Law license of former Kansas anti-choice Attorney General suspended

    No it wasn’t.

    An independent ethics panel recommended that he have his law license suspended. The Kansas Supreme Court will have the final say on whether Kline’s license will actually be suspended. It will be at least six months before the court hears Kline’s case. And it is largely irrelevant since Kline’s Kansas law license has been inactive for a year. All of that is from the sixty seconds it took to read the article. Actually, most of it is right there in the first sentence of the section you quoted.

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