Fight over Kansas abortion law in state court too

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A legal fight over a new anti-abortion law in Kansas is spilling into the state’s courts.

Shawnee County District Judge Rebecca Crotty set arguments for Thursday in a lawsuit filed by Dr. Herbert Hodes and his daughter, Dr. Traci Nauser.

They’re hoping Crotty blocks enforcement of the law before it takes effect Monday.

It bans sex-selection abortions, blocks tax breaks for abortion providers and prohibits providers from furnishing materials and instructors to public schools’ human sexuality courses.

Hodes and Nauser terminate pregnancies at their health center in Overland Park.

The hearing in their case came a day after the chief federal judge in Kansas had the first hearing in another, narrower lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood, which performs abortion at its Overland Park clinic.


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