Kansas Offers New Abortion Regulations. Legal Challenge Likely

After losing the first round of battles over harsh new regulations governing abortion clinics, Kansas officials announced they are easing those new regulations. But the move may not be enough to prevent another legal challenge.

The new permanent rules are set to take effect November 14th. Among the changes, the revised regulations no longer specify required procedure and patient room sizes and give clinics wider latitude to adjust a room’s temperature. The changes also shorten the list of required medications and equipment doctors need to have on hand and no longer require clinics to have a large janitorial room per each procedure room. These requirements had been blocked by a federal judge and are widely seen as an attempt to regulate out of existence abortion clinics.

These new regulations address most of the concerns of the federal judge who originally blocked their implementation, but many problem areas remain. The revised rules still require abortion providers to have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion clinic and require patient medical records to be available at the clinic for state health department inspectors to review.

In July, U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia blocked earlier regulations from taking effect after abortion providers said the rules would have forced the closure of two abortion clinics and would have required others to make extensive building renovations in order to comply. Murguia has now told attorneys to submit briefs by Oct. 28 analyzing the similarities or differences between the permanent regulations just announced and the temporary ones already blocked.

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28 comments

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola5 years ago

This is a very helpful article

William Y.
William Y.5 years ago

Good one Karen S. Green *

Tony C.
Tony C.5 years ago

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation, children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anybody else. Common sense would dictate that if children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help not tease or bully others.
Later on Sex Education should be taught from Contraceptives, Masturbation,LGBT and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier and earlier. They should be taught the joys and the consequences of having sex ( Pregnancy,STD, AIDS ) But you say when will this be taught. Cut out Geography or History early on then put it back in and remove Geometry and Algebra. They can learn this in college if need be. I believe this is a solution. Nipping it in the Bud so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principals where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. Within a few generations this world would be a much better place to live in.

Victoria M.
Past Member 5 years ago

Ernest not sure if you are for or against and i sent you a star by accident but i have to say as a member of the penile specie you really havent got anything to say about the vag.

Pamela H.
Pamela H.5 years ago

Karen S you are so right. This is what makes me angry about religion. It is barbaric, misogynistic and outdated, yet the gullible still believe it. That stuff was written by superstitious women-haters many hundreds of years ago. It related to backward, unevolved races that didn't know any better. Most of us have evolved and grown up but many throwbacks still choose to cling to these old beliefs and make life miserable for the rest of modern society. I think it's the emotionally needy that can't deal with life without the opiate of religion.

Ellie Damann
.5 years ago

keep abortion legal

pete M.
peter m.5 years ago

If pro-choice was readily available pills etc they'd not have as may abortion procedures needed.
This has been well know for decades.
Two wrongs don't make a right but i wish these anti-abortion people would have some horrific things occur in their families so they'd have to see the pain they cause .
The sad part is if their daughters were were impregnated by a rape from a person with some assortment of horrid diseases.
These self righteous fanatics would make their daughters & children endure the torture for a lifetime of hell.
We're back in the crusades of Europe and they are getting worse.
My fellow Christian's 50% of you are fanatics from hell.

Ernest R.
Ernest R.5 years ago

@ Sharon A “the business of running my own personal, private body...that's MY business!!!” And whose business is the overpopulation of the world ? Whose business is Octomom’s irresponsible baby production ? Wake up. We have a problem here.



Kathleen Montgomery

Pro Choice for me. But dont use abortion as a form of birth contol.

Karen S.
Karen Swenson5 years ago

Why is abortion wrong when God says childbirth is unclean. If a woman gives birth to a male child she's unclean for 7 days if she births a maid she's unclean for 2 weeks (of course!) Leviticus 12-2-8. Not to mention all the Babies God has ordered killed in the Bible. What kind of twisted thinking is this!! No wonder Women are Hated by the Religious Nuts. Can't have all these "UNCLEAN" Women running around making up their own UNCLEAN minds can we.