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Last fall, we learned that anti-choice groups like Operation Rescue had begun circulating a politically motivated petition to seat a grand jury to investigate Planned Parenthood — all as part of a strategy to restrict access to reproductive health care for women and families in Kansas.

According to state law, only a few thousand signatures are required to seat a grand jury for an investigation.  Petitioners are not required to present any evidence — allegations alone are enough.

This week, we learned that reason had prevailed, when in a great victory for patient privacy, the grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (PPKM) of any wrongdoing.  

The Kansas City Star published an editorial calling out the investigation orchestrated by anti-choice groups for what it really was: a thinly veiled attempt to restrict access to reproductive health care through intimidation and harassment of patients and providers — and, on top of that, a colossal waste of time and money:

At its conclusion, the investigation looked the same as it did at the start — a waste of court resources, a poor use of citizens’ time, and unnecessary harassment of a health-care provider.

The editorial also called for a review of the Kansas law that had allowed anti-choice groups to convene the grand jury in the first place — a sentiment the grand jury itself echoed yesterday.

Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end there.  Despite widespread criticism of the tactics they’ve employed, anti-choice groups have hinted at the possibility of petitioning for another grand jury.  And yesterday, Operation Rescue sent out a deplorable e-mail asking women who have had abortions in Kansas in the past five years to contact them.

Attacks by anti-choice extremists against Planned Parenthood patients and providers are endless.  But we're still standing strong.  And we remain committed to delivering high-quality health care to the women of Kansas and the rest of the country.

Originally posted to Planned Parenthood on Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 07:26 AM PST.

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  •  Kansas, land of flatness and small (1+ / 0-)
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    fritzrth

    gods that make you crazy.

    Blaine the Mono would love it there.

    Dana Curtis Kincaid Ad Astra per Aspera! http://www.angrytoyrobot.blogspot.com The enemy is not man, the enemy is stupidity.

    by angrytoyrobot on Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 07:33:02 AM PST

  •  Kansas (3+ / 0-)
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    fritzrth, rapala, natalie902

    Did you know there was a time when airplanes had to stop serving drinks when they were in Kansas airspace?  Kansas has been a sad example of social conservatism at its worst.  

    Thankfully the grand jury did its job.  

    Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard. -=-H. L. Mencken

    by crazyshirley2100 on Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 07:34:24 AM PST

  •  Kansas __________________________ (0+ / 0-)

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    noli, amabo, verberare lapidem ne perdas manum -- Plautus

    by fritzrth on Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 07:49:37 AM PST

  •  Here, I thought I'd made a snarky comment (2+ / 0-)
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    homogenius, natalie902

    about Kansas that would be overwhelmed by the kudos you'd be receiving for a truly momentous victory not only for Planned Parenthood, but for the intelligence of Kansans as well. Congratulations on a rational grand jury not just throwing the case in the faces of the right wing reactionaries, but calling them on the pure misuse of court "court resources, ... citizens' time" and putting a name to it: an "... unneccessary harrassment of a health-care provider."

    I'm not sure my state, Georgia, would have been as well represented.

    noli, amabo, verberare lapidem ne perdas manum -- Plautus

    by fritzrth on Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 08:15:22 AM PST

  •  Thank goodness! (1+ / 0-)
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    natalie902

    Tips for fighting the good fight and rational people standing up for what is right.

    Be the change you want to see in the world.

    by empathy on Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 09:20:16 AM PST

  •  Thank God the Grand Jury was rational and (0+ / 0-)

    based their decision on clear facts instead of blatant hysteria. It scares me to think how easily it could have gone the other way, and how easily Operation Rescue and it's ilk can grab the reins of the legal system.

    I really hope that they are investigated and at least publicly reprimanded, if not fined, for an inappropriate use of the grand jury system.

    Times like these remind me how we need to give so much thanks to the wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff workers who make (the albeit limited) reproductive health services available.

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