Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (Pic by US Mission Geneva, via Flickr)

Operation Rescue has joined other anti-abortion groups in Kansas in a campaign accusing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of being involved in the 2004 destruction of records related to allegations made against Planned Parenthood. At the time, Sebelius was serving as Kansas’ governor.

Operation Rescue is asking the governor’s office for records “related to interactions between Sebelius and her staff and Planned Parenthood and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment from May 26, 2004,” which is around the time the records were shredded.

The group’s press release says:

Operation Rescue has filed the first round of open records demands with the Kansas Governor’s office and with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) seeking public records that might reveal who was involved in shredding incriminating evidence against Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri in 2005.

“There is no way that this was routine evidence destruction, as Planned Parenthood attorneys are so desperately trying to make us believe. This was a brazen act that was meant to destroy the evidence against Planned Parenthood in order to maintain Planned Parenthood’s stream of public funding,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Nothing less than millions of dollars in tax funding and the future of Planned Parenthood as an organization are at stake in this case, because if Planned Parenthood is convicted, it will no longer qualify for Title X money.” …

“Planned Parenthood’s TOP forms contained evidence of felonies and were destroyed. The WHCS forms that did not contain such evidence were kept safe. That does not sound like routine document destruction to me. It sounds like a criminal conspiracy to obstruct justice by the Sebelius Administration,” said Newman.

“We believe there is a paper trail out there that will show exactly who is responsible for the selective evidence destruction. We intend to keep asking for records until the truth comes out.”

Officials say the shredding was part of a “routine” destruction of state documents,The Kansas City Star reported. The records were also shredded two years before charges were even filed. However, anti-abortion activists in the state insist there was incriminating evidence in the files and are convinced Sebelius is part of a conspiracy to hide the documents.

The City Star also reported that the man who alleged wrongdoings in Planned Parenthood has a history of ethical misconduct in the state of Kansas. The man, Phill Kline, was “indefinitely suspended from practicing law in Kansas, saying his investigations were marred by ethical misconduct that included providing false or misleading information to the courts,” City Star reported.

Newman has touted the tactic of charging clinics with breaking the law in an effort to get them shut down. He has toold The Florida Independent that anti-abortion groups such as Operation Rescue need to focus on having abortion providers prosecuted.

“I have yet to find an abortion mill that doesn’t violate the law,” Newman said.

This past March, Newman said that “exposing the abuses of the abortion-cartel” and prosecuting-providers will continue to play a big role in the anti-abortion movement moving forward. “That is what we will be coming down on,” he said.

Sebelius has been a common target for anti abortion activists. Newman explains in this release that, “Sebelius left office to serve as Pres. Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, where she continues to promote abortion.”

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