Kansas Court of Appeals to take up abortion lawsuit

On April 7, 2015, Gov. Sam Brownback signed SB95, the nation's first ban on abortion procedure.
On April 7, 2015, Gov. Sam Brownback signed SB95, the nation's first ban on abortion procedure.

TOPEKA, Kansas – It was a controversial law when Kansas lawmakers passed it earlier this year–barring the most common method of abortion in the second trimester–and it would have been the first of its kind in the country. Before it could take effect, a Shawnee county judge blocked it. A lawsuit was filed by two abortion providers that prompted strong reactions from both sides of the debate earlier in the year.

“We are relieved on behalf of the women of Kansas,” said Janet Crepps, lawyer with the Center for Reproductive Rights. “We had very grave concerns that this law, if it was allowed to take effect, would undermine their health and their rights.”

“We can take an interest, take a profound interest, in the life of the unborn,” said Jessie Basgall with Kansans for Life. “We can protect the integrity of the medical profession. The medical profession is doing this horrific, gruesome procedure on unborn children.”

The Kansas Court of Appeals is taking notice of the possible implications of their eventual ruling by having all 14 members hear the arguments.

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