Lawmakers Want to Limit Courts in Abortion Cases

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The House gives first-round approval to a bill inspired by two sealed, abortion-related cases before the Kansas Supreme Court.

The bill limits the power of courts to seal documents or close hearings to the public. Courts would have to disclose their reasons for doing so and hold hearings beforehand.

The House advanced the bill on a voice vote Thursday. Final action is expected Friday.

Rep. Lance Kinzer is sponsoring the measure. The Olathe Republican says it's a response to two lawsuits that have been sealed since being filed with the Supreme Court.

One was filed by Planned Parenthood against Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline. The other was filed by the attorney general against a judge handling abortion issues.

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