New regulations on Kansas abortion clinics are getting their first test in court today (FRI). The new law sets strict standards for equipment and facilities that clinics must meet to be licensed by the state. Two abortion providers are challenging the law in federal court, saying the new rules are aimed at shutting down clinics. University of Kansas law professor Richard Levy (LEE-vee) says generally the courts don’t interfere with state regulations. But he says abortion rights have been protected by the courts, so the judge will take a close look at the law.
Levy says the court will also consider if clinics were given enough time to comply with the new rules. Supporters of the regulations say they help protect the health of women.