The licensing law was among a wave of anti-abortion proposals enacted this year in Kansas. Others taking effect Friday restrict private health insurance coverage for most abortions, require doctors to obtain written consent from parents before terminating minors’ pregnancies and tighten restrictions on abortions after the 21st week of pregnancy, based on the disputed claim that a fetus can feel pain.
In addition, Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Monday over a provision in Kansas‘ next budget that will prevent its clinics from receiving federal family planning dollars for nonabortion services.
Dr. Hodes and Dr. Nauser filed their lawsuit against Robert Moser, the state’s secretary of health and environment; Attorney General Derek Schmidt, whose office was involved in drafting the regulations; and the local prosecutor, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe. The health department declined to respond to the latest lawsuit, but Mr. Moser issued a statement Monday saying the licensing process was designed “to ensure Kansans receive the highest standard of care.”