Agreement would narrow suit over Kan. abortion law

Planned Parenthood (KSN File Photo)
Planned Parenthood (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Attorneys for Kansas and Planned Parenthood have agreed about how parts of a new state abortion law will be enforced and are seeking to narrow the abortion provider’s federal lawsuit over the statute.

The lawyers filed their agreement Friday in U.S. District Court. If Chief Judge Kathryn Vratil accepts it, Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit will be limited to a single requirement in the law dealing with abortion providers’ websites.

Planned Parenthood had objected to requirements that providers post information containing statements about abortion and fetal development that the organization views as misleading.

But under the agreement, the state is declaring that providers are compliant as long as they give patients access to materials from the Kansas health department, without repeating the statements in their own materials.

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