Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican legislative leaders are resisting a group's effort to include an "fetal heartbeat" abortion measure on the agenda for legislators in September.Gov. Brownback is calling lawmakers into special session on September 3 to rewrite the state's "Hard 50" criminal sentencing law.
Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 8:14 am
The chief federal judge for Kansas has set what she considers an aggressive schedule for a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood against parts of a new state abortion law.
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.
A federal judge in Kansas will hear arguments this week on Planned Parenthood's request to stop parts of the state's new abortion restrictions from taking effect in July.Chief Judge Kathryn Vratil has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.Planned Parenthood wants Vratil to issue a temporary order against enforcement of parts of the new law.
The state House has given final approval to a bill that restricts funding, access to schools, and further regulates abortion providers.
House bill 2253 passed on a 92-31 vote Wednesday and now heads to the Senate. Republican leaders there are promising their chamber will now consider the bill quickly.
The Dodge City Family Planning Clinic is trying to withdraw from a lawsuit that challenges a state law that strips federal funds from family planning clinics in Wichita, Hays and Dodge City.
A filing with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday shows the parties have entered into an agreement to dismiss the Dodge City clinic from the suit. The clinic closed on December 31.
The move has no effect on the claims by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.