Judge puts parts of new Kan. abortion law on hold

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas judge has temporarily blocked parts of a new state law restricting abortion providers that were set to take effect next week.

Shawnee County District Judge Rebecca Crotty's ruling Thursday covers provisions of the law that changed the definition of what a medical emergency is and requiring abortion providers to post a statement on their websites saying the state's materials on abortion are accurate.

Kansas officials were waiting for rulings from state and federal judges on whether the state could enforce new abortion restrictions with pending lawsuits against them.

A sweeping anti-abortion law is scheduled to take effect Monday. It bans sex-selection abortions, blocks tax breaks for abortion providers and prohibits them from furnishing materials or instructors for public schools' sexuality courses.

The law also spells out in greater detail the information women must receive before abortions, including a statement that abortion ends the life of "whole, separate, unique, living human being."

Abortion providers want to block parts or all of the law.

Two doctors sued in Shawnee County District Court, challenging the entire law. Planned Parenthood filed a narrower, federal lawsuit, and hearings on both cases were held this week.

The rest of the new law will take effect Monday as scheduled. Other provisions of the law can be enforced.

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