Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six has turned over 34 redacted abortion records to the Wichita-based grand jury investigating late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller.
The records, from 2003, will help the grand jury determine if Tiller broke state abortion laws.
Among other charges, Tiller is accused of doing illegal late-term abortions by not having a second, independent physician sign off on the abortions beforehand.
Six had initially refused to turn over the records but the Kansas Supreme Court intervened last month and set the parameters for releasing them.
A Six representative told AP that 34 of the 61 abortion records he possessed were turned over to the grand jury on May 20 and that the rest fell outside the statute of limitations.
Earlier this week, news reports indicated Six had refused to turn over the records, promoting an outcry from pro-life groups.
“Kansans for Life interprets this report to mean the Attorney General’s office is sitting on 30 ready-to-use redacted files from 2003, one month after the court eased the standard for relevancy, and four months after being subpoenaed by the grand jury,” Kansans for Life director Mary Kay Culp told LifeNews.com.
[7June08, Topeka, KS, LifeNews.com]