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Kansas AG Plans to Appeal Ruling Blocking Anti-Abortion Law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt plans to appeal a state district court judge's ruling blocking the state's first-in-the-nation ban on a common second trimester abortion procedure. Attorneys representing Schmidt filed a notice Wednesday in Shawnee County District Court that they intend to ask the Kansas Court of Appeals to overturn the ruling last week from Judge Larry Hendricks. The law was model legislation from the National Right to Life Committee and was to take effect Wednesday. It would have barred doctors from using forceps, clamps or similar instruments on a living fetus to remove it from the womb in pieces. The Center for Reproductive Rights sued Schmidt on behalf of two Kansas abortion providers. Hendricks ruled that the law placed too much of a burden on women seeking abortions.


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