Kansas abortion doctors sue over state rules

TOPEKA, Kansas - Two Kansas doctors are suing to block the state from enforcing a new abortion licensing law and regulations that they say are a "sham" aimed at stopping Kansas' three abortion providers.

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

The new law requires abortion providers to obtain annual licenses, and the regulations developed by the state health department dictate specific health and safety standards.

Both take effect Friday.

Abortion rights advocates fear Kansas could become the first state in the country without an abortion provider. One of the state's three providers has already been denied a license.



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