KC abortion clinic closes

Abortion OTS

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — One of four remaining clinics in Kansas that provide abortions has closed because its doctor and manager have retired.

The Aid For Women clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, closed Saturday and is referring patients to three other clinics in Kansas, two in suburban Kansas City and one in Wichita.

Clinic manager Jeff Pederson says former patients need to fight for reproductive rights instead of relying on clinic workers to wage that battle.

Wichita-based anti-abortion group Operation Rescue filed a complaint with the state Board of Healing Arts in 2012 alleging Aid for Women failed to report child sexual abuse. A lawyer for the clinic denied those claims.

Operation Rescue on Sunday hailed the clinic’s closing and said it was told recently that the BOHA case against the clinic was ongoing.

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