Abortion clinic restrictions on hold in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down Texas' strict regulations of abortion clinics is expected to affect the fate of similar state regulations currently on hold in a Kansas court.

Courtesy: MGN Online

Texas rules required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and forced clinics to meet hospital-like standards for outpatient care.

Kansas lawmakers passed similar requirements in 2011, but that law has been temporarily blocked pending trial in a Shawnee County courtroom.

The nation's highest court held Monday that the regulations are medically unnecessary and unconstitutionally limit a woman's right to an abortion.

That ruling was lauded in Kansas by abortion rights supporters who contend it clearly tells legislatures such laws are unconstitutional. Abortion opponents contend the decision jeopardizes women's health.

Kansas has four clinics offering abortion services.

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