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Anti-abortion group says it has patient records

Anti-abortion group says informant gave it Kansas clinic's patient records for 86 women, girls By The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) ' An anti-abortion group says a confidential informant has delivered to it abortion records of 86 females who were treated last month at a Kansas City, Kan., women's clinic.

Officials with the Central Family Medicine Clinic, also known as Aid for Women, said someone broke into a locked trash bin on its property last week. But they insisted the records Operation Rescue claims to have received wouldn't have been in it.

Operation Rescue president Troy Newman said a confidential informant delivered boxes full of records from April to his group. Newman said the source didn't say how the records were obtained, but that he is confident they were not obtained illegally, The Kansas City Star reported ( ).

Newman said the records include patient ages, gestational ages and photocopies of driver's licenses, as well as dates and costs for abortions performed at the clinic. He said his organization had redacted the patients' identifying information and does not intend to make the records public.

Cheryl Pilate, an attorney for the clinic, said a report about the trash bin break-in was filed with Kansas City, Kan., police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She also said the clinic has surveillance tapes of the break-in and will seek criminal prosecution.

A phone message left with Pilate's office Thursday seeking additional information was not immediately returned.

Pilate and clinic manager Jeff Pederson said the clinic's records are kept confidential and are disposed of according to standard procedures.

Earlier this year, hundreds of files from another abortion provider, Krishna Rajanna, were discovered in a recycling bin at an elementary school in Overland Park near the doctor's home. The Board of Healing Arts in 2005 revoked the medical license of Rajanna, who operated a now-closed Kansas City, Kan., clinic, Affordable Medical and Services.

On Wednesday, a Kansas judge granted the Kansas Board of Healing Arts temporary custody of those files. The board plans to keep the records until it finds a permanent custodian or until they're more than 10 years old and can be destroyed.


Information from: The Kansas City Star,

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