November 5, 2006 in Nation/World

O’Reilly abortion ‘source’ sparks call for inquiry

John Hanna Associated Press
 

TOPEKA, Kan. – An abortion doctor plans to ask for an investigation of the state attorney general and Bill O’Reilly over comments by the Fox television host that he got information from Kansas abortion records, the doctor’s attorneys said Saturday.

Dr. George Tiller said he will ask the Kansas Supreme Court on Monday to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate and take possession of the records of 90 patients from two clinics.

Attorney General Phill Kline obtained the records recently after a two-year battle that prompted privacy concerns. He has said he sought the records to review them for evidence of possible crimes including rape and illegal abortions.

During a Friday night broadcast of “The O’Reilly Factor,” the conservative host said a “source inside” told the show that Tiller performs late-term abortions when a patient is depressed, which O’Reilly deemed “executing babies.”

O’Reilly also said his show has evidence that Tiller’s clinic and another unnamed clinic have broken Kansas law by failing to report potential rapes with victims ages 10 to 15.

A spokeswoman for Kline, who received redacted copies of the records Oct. 24, said Saturday he doesn’t know how O’Reilly obtained the information.

“We don’t know anything about Mr. O’Reilly’s inside source,” spokeswoman Sherriene Jones said. “I assumed he was talking about somebody on the inside of the abortion clinics.”

Kline, an abortion opponent and Republican in a tight race with Democrat Paul Morrison, was interviewed by O’Reilly during the segment.

“Our information says that on almost every medical sheet – and obviously we have a source inside here – it says, ‘depression,’ ” O’Reilly told Kline during the broadcast. “I don’t know whether you have that information or not – I don’t know – but that’s what it says.”

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