Kan. abortion laws defense tops $1M

This photo from Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, shows the dome of the Kansas Statehouse, with its statue of a Kansa Indian, standing due north and shooting an arrow at the stars, in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/John Milburn)
This photo from Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, shows the dome of the Kansas Statehouse, with its statue of a Kansa Indian, standing due north and shooting an arrow at the stars, in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/John Milburn)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — The Kansas attorney general’s office is confirming that it has spent slightly more than $1 million on outside attorneys defending anti-abortion laws enacted in the past three years.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office disclosed the figures Wednesday at the request of The Associated Press. The costs include $179,000 in attorneys’ fees and expenses associated with federal and state lawsuits filed over restrictions enacted last year.

Schmidt’s office provided the numbers on the anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion across the nation. Hundreds of abortion opponents were converging on the Statehouse to mark the anniversary, and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback was scheduled to speak at a rally.

The state has faced multiple federal and state lawsuits since 2011, when Brownback took office and began signing anti-abortion measures.

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