Kansas Supreme Court won’t take up abortion lawsuit for now

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TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – The Kansas Supreme Court is refusing for now to review a district court judge’s order blocking the nation’s first ban on a common second trimester procedure.

The high court’s 4-3 decision this week means that the state Court of Appeals first will handle a lawsuit filed by two abortion providers against a law that was supposed to take effect in July.

The law embodies model legislation from the National Right to Life Committee and bans what abortion opponents call “dismemberment abortion.”

Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks in June temporarily blocked the law, and the state appealed.

Both sides wanted the Supreme Court to take the case immediately, but the court declined Monday without explanation. The Court of Appeals on Wednesday set an expedited schedule for its review.

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