Now that a U.S. district judge has dismissed most of the legal charges against Planned Parenthood’s clinic in Overland Park, the focus is shifting to who is to blame for the failed case. In addition to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment destroying its copies of abortion records, reportedly as part of routine document destruction, the Attorney General’s Office destroyed its copies of the records in 2009. Current Attorney General Derek Schmidt plans to investigate the shredding to determine if any laws were broken, but some already are pointing fingers at former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (in photo), who is now the U.S. secretary of health and human services. “Since these illegal activities allegedly transpired under Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ administration — possibly even at the behest of her handpicked attorney general, Steve Six — Secretary Sebelius has some serious questions to answer,” Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, said in a statement. A spokesman for Sebelius said that she “has no knowledge of the matter.” Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood attorney Pedro Irigonegaray blamed the records fiasco on former Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline. “Competent lawyers know the importance of obtaining authenticated copies (of records),” Irigonegaray said in court.
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