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Judge tosses charges in Kansas abortion case

Judge dismisses felony charges against Planned Parenthood in Kansas abortion case By The Associated Press

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) ' A Kansas judge has dismissed the most serious charges against a Kansas City-area Planned Parenthood clinic accused of falsifying records and failing to follow abortion law.

The move comes after a prosecutor revealed that state officials had destroyed key evidence.

Prosecutor Steve Howe told a judge Wednesday that he had no choice but to ask that 49 of 107 charges against the clinic be dismissed.

Meanwhile, authorities in the state capital of Topeka plan to investigate the records shredding.

The records involved abortions performed in 2003. They were filed by Planned Parenthood's clinic in Overland Park with the state health department.

Fifty-eight misdemeanor charges against the clinic remain, accusing the clinic of performing illegal abortions and failing to follow a state law restricting late-term abortions.

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