Judge Blocks Kansas Abortion Regulations

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A federal judge has temporarily blocked the state of Kansas from enforcing its new abortion regulations.

The new rules make it harder for clinics to obtain licenses to perform abortions and would have forced two of the state's three abortion providers to stop terminating pregnancies.

A district judge ruled Friday that the regulations would hurt abortion clinics by denying them business and patients. He also said the rules would hurt patients by preventing them from having abortions at the provider of their choice.

The injunction remains in effect until a lawsuit filed by two doctors who perform abortions determines the fate of the new rules.

The new law requires hospitals, clinics, and doctor's offices to obtain an annual license from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to perform more than five non-emergency abortions in a month.

The regulations tell abortion providers what drugs and equipment they must stock and, among other things, establish minimum sizes and acceptable temperatures for procedure and recovery rooms.

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