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Abortion issue taking interesting turn in Kansas

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June 30, 2011


TOPEKA, Kansas: Kansas could become the first state in the nation without a clinic doctor's office performing abortions, according to reports out of the state. New rules that are set to be enacted on July 1 may have that effect, as they would require the state's three abortion providers to have a special license to perform procedures.[1]

Specifically, the health department's regulations mandate that providers stock certain equipment and drugs, establish space and temperature requirements for certain clinic rooms, and set new standards for patients' evaluations. The rules are set to be in place for four months, then the state's Department of Health and Environment will review public comments to possibly consider changes.

Opponents of the new laws say that clinics weren't given sufficient time to implement the new rules, therefore could go without the licenses and would be prohibited from performing procedures.

In related news, take a look at what abortion measures have made the ballot and in what states.

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