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Twenty-five years after tumultuous mass protests led to nearly 2,700 arrests outside local abortion clinics, Wichita is bracing a Summer of Mercy anniversary that supporters hope will draw hundreds of activists.

The Wichita Police Department has spent months putting together a 60-page operational plan that aims at ensuring that everyone is safe.

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Kansas has changed its mind about ending the state’s Medicaid contracts with 11 doctors and nurses associated with Planned Parenthood.

The state still plans to cut off Planned Parenthood’s participation in the program. But in a letter Monday to the judge overseeing Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit to block the move, it said it would no longer end the providers’ participation.

The providers also sued the state. They say cutting them off would deprive up to 500 Medicaid patients of their services.

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Kansas has “reconsidered” its decision to terminate the participation of 11 Planned Parenthood physicians and other medical providers in the state’s Medicaid program, although it’s still trying to cut off Planned Parenthood itself.

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Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri says it’s merging with its central Oklahoma counterpart and will be renamed Planned Parenthood Great Plains effective July 1.

The combined affiliates will operate nine clinics in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and will be headquartered in Kansas City.

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Kansas has delayed cutting off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood facilities in the state and has postponed any action against the organization until June 7.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri spokeswoman Bonyen Lee-Gilmore said Wednesday that the state sought another extension to prepare for the first hearing in a federal lawsuit challenging the cutoff and that the delays are sign of how the state's decision is "all political."

"Clearly, there's no public health emergency at play," she said.

A Planned Parenthood attorney says Kansas will not cut off Medicaid funding for the abortion provider until May 24.

Attorney Bob Eye said Friday that Planned Parenthood and the state Department of Health and Environment agreed on the timing of the cutoff after Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit.

A department spokeswoman did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

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The two Planned Parent organizations in Kansas and Missouri wasted little time challenging Kansas’ termination of their Medicaid funding.

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Planned Parenthood has begun offering medication abortions at its Wichita clinic. It is the second facility in the city to provide those services since abortion provider George Tiller was gunned down in 2009.

Its spokeswoman, Bonyen Lee-Gilmore, said Wednesday the clinic has been taking appointments and scheduling the procedure. Medication abortions are commonly known as the abortion pill and are done to terminate pregnancies up to about 9 weeks.

Its Wichita clinic began doing them on March 17.

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A Kansas medical board says it won’t take any action against Planned Parenthood following an investigation.

The Kansas Board of Healing Arts was investigating whether Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri was involved in selling fetal tissue. The investigation was ordered by Gov. Sam Brownback last year.

Stephen Koranda

Gov. Sam Brownback laid out his legislative goals during the 2016 State of the State address Tuesday night. He took the president to task and touched on high-profile state issues like education spending. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports on some of the governor’s priorities and what he left out of the speech.

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