Mario Diaz

Most pro-life people are outraged when they realize that Planned Parenthood, the number one abortion provider in the United States, is a tax exempt organization receiving hundreds of millions of our tax dollars. But everyone, pro-life or not, should be outraged over the criminal allegations Planned Parenthood faces in Overland Park, Kansas.

According to the 107-count indictment filed in Johnson County District Court yesterday, Planned Parenthood purposefully performed illegal late term abortions in violation of Kansas State law and unlawfully falsified documents in order to conceal that fact. They are also accused of failing to comply with the required medical reporting guidelines.

The complaint alleges 29 misdemeanor counts of performing “unlawful late term abortions,” 29 misdemeanor counts of “unlawful failure to determine viability for late term abortion,” 23 felony counts of “making a false information,” and 27 misdemeanor counts of “unlawful failure to maintain records.”

Kansas law states that:

No person shall perform or induce an abortion when the fetus is viable unless such person is a physician and has a documented referral from another physician not legally or financially affiliated with the physician performing or inducing the abortion and both physicians determine that: (1) The abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the pregnant woman; or (2) a continuation of the pregnancy will cause a substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.

The statute defines a viable fetus as:

[T]hat stage of fetal development when it is the physician's judgment according to accepted obstetrical or neonatal standards of care and practice applied by physicians in the same or similar circumstances that there is a reasonable probability that the life of the child can be continued indefinitely outside the mother's womb with natural or artificial life-supportive measures.

Medical experts usually find this stage to be at 22 weeks.

The complaint alleges that Planned Parenthood, on numerous occasions, knowingly and purposefully chose to “perform or cause to be performed a late term abortion on a fetus with a gestational age of 22 weeks or more.” It alleges that they failed to make “an individualized determination of the viability of the fetus … assuming without further testing that the fetus was not viable when a medical emergency was not present.”

And as if this were not horrific enough, the complaint alleges that they tried to cover it up by falsifying documents “with knowledge that the written instrument falsely stated or represented a material matter or was not what it purported to be.”

Mario Diaz

Mario Diaz is the Policy Director for Legal Issues at Concerned Women for America.

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