Key Documents Destroyed in P. Parenthood Case

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A criminal case involving a Kansas Planned Parenthood clinic has been delayed after evidence crucial to the trial was reported destroyed.

Judge Stephen Tatum delayed a preliminary hearing until Nov. 9.

The investigation dates back to 2004 when then-Attorney General Phill Kline subpoenaed abortion documents during his probe of possible non-reporting of child sex abuse and illegal late-term abortions from the year before.

The Overland Park Planned Parenthood facility in question faces 107 charges, including 23 felony counts of falsifying documents. The clinic was once run by the late abortionist George Tiller.

According to the Kansas City Star, the abortion documents were later shredded in 2005 -- before charges were filed in 2007.

"That willful destruction of evidence was a blatant act to protect Planned Parenthood from being held accountable to the law," Operation Rescue president Troy Newman said.

"Those who ordered that evidence be destroyed should be held accountable for obstruction of justice in a court of law," he said.

Planned Parenthood argued that the shredding was "routine."

Current Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was the governor of Kansas at that time.

The case is important to conservatives and pro-life organizations, since it's the first criminal case every brought against Planned Parenthood.

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