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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A Kansas prosecutor has acknowledged in court that he faces a new problem in pursuing a criminal case against a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Kansas City area.
Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said Wednesday that he's trying to replace an expert witness whose testimony supports allegations that the Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park performed illegal abortions in 2003. The clinic faces 58 misdemeanor charges.
Howe said the expert, an out-of-state physician, is now too ill to serve as a witness.
Johnson County District Judge Stephen Tatum set another hearing for Aug. 17.
Planned Parenthood has denied the allegations. Clinic attorney Pedro Irigonegaray said a delay is unnecessary and the charges should be dismissed.
In November, 49 other charges against the clinic were dismissed.