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Kansas Judge Weighs Request to Block Ban on Abortion Method

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An abortion rights group is asking a Kansas judge to block the state's first-in-the-nation ban on what it says is the most common method for terminating second-trimester pregnancies.  Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks has scheduled a hearing Thursday in a lawsuit filed earlier this month by the Center for Reproductive Rights.  The law takes effect next week. The center contends it will force women to accept higher medical risks or forgo abortions.  Lawyers for the state argue that abortion providers have safe alternatives to what anti-abortion activists describe as dismembering a fetus.  The National Right to Life Committee drafted the ban as model legislation for states. Kansas was the first to enact it.  The center represents father-daughter abortion providers; Drs. Herbert Hodes and Traci Nauser of Overland Park.


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