TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas officials plan to have a public hearing in September on new regulations for abortion providers that are the subject of a federal lawsuit.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment's rules are supposed to take effect Friday, under a process that allows it to temporarily skip taking public comments.
The department contends it needs to act quickly because a new state law requires a new licensing system for abortion providers to be in place by Friday.
But the rules can remain in effect only for four months, unless the department takes public comments and considers changes.
And so the department published a notice Thursday that it intends to have a hearing Sept. 7 in Topeka.
Abortion providers have sued partly because they believe the rules are being unfairly rushed.