AG seeks up to $450K to defend new anti-abortion law

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is telling legislators that defending a new anti-abortion law in court could cost the state up to $450,000.

The new law takes effect in July and bans a procedure used in second trimester abortions that critics describe as dismembering a fetus. Kansas is the first state to enact such a ban.

Abortion providers have said they’re considering lawsuits. Anti-abortion leaders are confident the statute will withstand a challenge.

Schmidt told legislators last week that his office could need $50,000 by the end of June, between $100,000 and $200,000 for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and up to $200,000 for the following fiscal year.

Schmidt’s office already has paid outside attorneys $1.2 million to defend anti-abortion laws since 2011, without losing a case.

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