Planned Parenthood

This piece originally aired on Aug. 6, 2015, during All Things Considered.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has disclosed that they have not received any reports on the handling of fetal tissues in the last 15 years.

The disclosure about fetal tissues comes after Gov. Sam Brownback asked the Board of Healing Arts to investigate whether there have been any illegal transfers of fetal tissue which results from abortions in Kansas.

TOPEKA, Kan.--An anti-abortion leader said Wednesday that Kansas should consider strengthening its ban on profiting from fetal tissue sales following Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's call for the state medical board to investigate Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

Stephen Koranda file photo

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is calling for an investigation into the abortion provider Planned Parenthood after the release of two videos that have caught national headlines. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, Brownback wants to know if Kansas abortion providers are selling tissue from aborted fetuses.

A federal appeals court has ordered Planned Parenthood to pay Kansas the costs of an appeal over family planning funds.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals awarded the state $1,350 Wednesday for its costs of appealing a district court order.

An appeals court panel ruled in March that Kansas can strip two clinics of federal family planning money while Planned Parenthood moves forward with its challenge of a state law it calls retaliation for its advocacy of abortion rights.

Brownback Resisting 'Fetal Heartbeat' Abortion Measure

Jul 31, 2013

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.

In June, two different lawsuits were filed in Kansas over a new state abortion law. But the lawsuit that Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed on June 20 isn't about the freedom to perform abortions. It’s about freedom of speech.  

Kansas Abortion Lawsuit Now On Federal Fast Track

Jul 1, 2013

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.