Mario Diaz

No, it was not a headline from the satirical newspaper, The Onion. It was just the latest scorn by President Obama toward conservatives everywhere, and conservative women in particular. The President has seriously nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Stephen Six, whose prints are all over the obstruction of justice in an investigation of an alleged systematic statutory rape cover-up at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Kansas.

The people of Kansas know Steven Six well. Radical pro-abortion advocate Kathleen Sebelius, former Kansas Governor and now Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services , handpicked Six to continue the work of discredited Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison. In his short time in office, Morrison had used all his power to thwart the investigation done by former Attorney General Phill Kline against the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic which he discovered was not reporting incidents of statutory rape to the proper authorities as required by law, among other things.

Despite the fact that District Court Judge James Vano found probable cause for a trial from the evidence he reviewed (charging Planned Parenthood with 107 criminal acts, including 23 felonies by falsifying medical records), Sebelius, Morrison, and Six did everything they could to protect Planned Parenthood and demonize Kline. Six actually came into office after Morrison had to resign because of allegations that he used his extramarital relationship with a former employee, who at the time worked for Klein, to sabotage Klein’s investigation.

Again, this is not an episode of Jersey Shore, these are real life events.

Six continued the efforts to stop the investigation of Planned Parenthood, ignoring the young women that were abused through the alleged cover-up. When Klein subpoenaed the judge who had seen the Planned Parenthood records to testify, Six secretly obtained an order from the Kansas Supreme Court to censor him and prevent him from testifying. The Supreme Court eventually reversed itself after Klein appealed, but Six’s trickery worked, as Klein was out of office by the time the issue was resolved. And with Klein gone, the investigation, of course, went nowhere.

They sent the message loud and clear for anyone else with even a minute inclination to pursue justice for the abused young women: “You’d better not come after our abortion clinics, no matter what they have done.”

These events prompted 90 members of the Kansas Senate and House of Representatives to demand an investigation recently. Six got the boot as soon as Kansans had the opportunity to vote on retaining him.

Mario Diaz

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

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