Kansas Abortion Provider Sues To Stop State Rules

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Two Kansas doctors have filed suit to block the state from enforcing a new abortion licensing law and a set of new regulations for offices and clinics where abortions are performed.

Dr. Herbert Hodes and his daughter, Dr. Traci Nauser, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. They perform abortions and offer other services at the Center for Women's Health in Overland Park.

The center is scheduled to be inspected Wednesday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The new law requires providers to obtain annual licenses to continue performing abortions. The regulations for health and safety standards were developed by the health department. Both take effect Friday.

The center is among three abortion providers in Kansas, all in the Kansas City area.

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