KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A Kansas anti-abortion group is calling for an investigation into a Kansas City, Kansas, abortion provider after it claimed that it got documents from a confidential informant it says proves that the clinic is breaking the law.
The group Operation Rescue claims that sensitive private medical information on 86 women who received abortions last month at the Central Family Medicine clinic was tossed into a trash dumpster in violation of a law that require clinics to maintain such records for 10 years.
A lawyer for the clinic says that someone did break into a locked dumpster at the clinic last week, but says that the dumpster did not contain records required to be maintained under law.
The dumpster at the clinic has a large steel bar over the top that's locked with a padlock. The clinic says that surveillance video shows possible suspects near the dumpster on the night of April 24, when the clinic says the dumpster was broken into.
"What i can tell you is that private property was invaded," said clinic attorney Cheryl Pilate. "It's no different than breaking into that building and stealing something they have no right to. Whatever was in that dumpster was locked and intended to only be picked up by trash hauler and taken directly to landfill."
Pilate says that the clinic filed a police report on the break-in on Monday, one day before Operation Rescue posted a YouTube video on it's website purporting to show April records from the KCK clinic, including identifying information including patient names, ages and sonograms blacked out. The group says that a confidential informant dropped off the box of records, but claims that they don't know how they were obtained.
Pilate says that she is seeking the prosecution of those responsible for the dumpster break-in. Operation Breakthrough is calling for the Kansas Attorney General's office to reopen an investigation into the state's abortion clinics to protect women and girls from sexual abuse. The group claims that documents from the clinic show that it routinely does not report suspected abuse.
"This has nothing to do with the safety of women, or trying to uphold or protect the sanctity of records," said Pilate. "The purpose of this is to scare women away from getting a safe and legal procedure, and to put abortion clinics in the crosshairs and to drive them out of business."
Officials with the anti-abortion group Kansans for Life declined to comment on the documents, saying that they were not involved in the dispute.