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Federal judge to hear Planned Parenthood lawsuit against Kansas info weblink law

by | Nov 21, 2014

 

brainsandbeautyFederal Judge Kathryn Vratil has scheduled a hearing for December 8 on a lawsuit brought by two abortion clinics against a Kansas law intended to provide women with medically accurate facts before they enter any abortion clinic. The Kansas Attorney General’s office is aggressively defending the law.

The determination of the state of Kansas to require abortion clinics to provide access to that information goes back to 1997.

In the latest phase, the state of Kansas passed a 2013 mandate that a live link to Kansas informed consent information be placed on the abortion clinic’s website homepage. The link must read:

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment maintains a website containing information about the development of the unborn child, as well as video of sonogram images of the unborn child at various stages of development, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment`s website can be accessed at womansrighttoknow.org.

Last June, two Overland Park abortion businesses sued on the basis that the link is “compelled speech” that violates their First Amendment right to “free speech.” The Hodes & Nauser clinic filed in state court and Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri filed in federal court.

Hodes & Nauser have now dropped their dropped their challenge to the link. Their clinic and Wichita’s South Wind Women’s Center now feature the link on their website homepage, albeit in tiny type at the bottom.

Not so Planned Parenthood. It refuses to place the live link on its homepage, claiming it promotes information they disagree with, like information about fetal pain, and makes it instantaneously available to all their clients, including those not obtaining abortion.

Planned Parenthood detests the link’s use of the term “unborn child,” and the state information that “abortion terminates the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.” They object to the definition of pregnancy “as beginning at fertilization with the union of a man’s sperm and a woman’s egg to form a single-cell embryo.”

Categories: Informed Consent