Kansas is heading back to court to defend new restrictions on abortion providers. The state has already spent more than $758,000 on private attorneys in lawsuits over anti-abortion laws.
Chief Judge Kathryn Vratil is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., on whether she should temporarily block parts of a new state law that takes effect Monday. Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri sued the state last week over provisions in the law that spell out which information patients must receive before their pregnancies are terminated.
The information includes a statement saying abortion ends the life of a "living human being." PPKM President Peter Brownlie says the law violates the doctor's freedom of speech and "undermines a woman’s ability to trust her doctor."
CHPPKM wants Vratil to prevent the state from enforcing the restrictions until its lawsuit is resolved.