News Summary: Kan. criminal abortion case ends

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Posted: Aug 17, 2012 7:54 PM

PROSECUTION ENDS: In Kansas, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe drops the remaining 32 misdemeanor criminal charges against a Planned Parenthood clinic in suburban Kansas City, alleging it performed illegal abortions.

CASE HISTORY: The clinic originally faced 107 charges, filed by Howe's predecessor, in what advocates on both sides say was the first known case of a Planned Parenthood clinic in the U.S. facing a criminal prosecution, but 75 of the charges had been dismissed over the past 10 months.

THE REACTION: The clinic's main attorney says the truth has finally come out. But the prosecutor who filed the charges says Howe didn't understand the case and anti-abortion groups are frustrated.