Kansas Federal Judge Refuses To Block State Abortion Rule

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A federal judge in Kansas has refused to temporarily block a new state law requiring that abortion provider websites link to a state site with information the providers dispute.

But U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Vratil's ruling Sunday came after a state judge ruled Friday that Kansas couldn't enforce the same website requirement for now. The rule was to take effect Monday.

Vratil's decision came in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood, which performs abortions at its Overland Park clinic. The other ruling came from Shawnee County District Judge Rebecca Crotty in a separate lawsuit from two other doctors.

In her decision, Vratil raised questions about whether the website rule is constitutional. But Vratil said with Crotty's ruling Friday, Planned Parenthood won't suffer ``irreparable harm'' without a federal court order.



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