1. Planned Parenthood

    Kansas Licenses One Abortion Clinic

    Joseph Kroll, right, director of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment bureau that wrote new rules for abortion clinics, talks with Kathy Ostrowski, left, in white, the legislative director of Kansans for Life, Thursday, June 30, 2011, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. They are speaking after a state board allowed the rules to take effect, as of July 1, 2011. Planned Parenthood disclosed Thursday that its Kansas clinic had been denied a state license to continue performing abortions as the group filed its own lawsuit to block new state rules that will make Kansas the first state in the nation without an abortion provider.

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    One abortion clinic in Kansas managed to meet new strict requirements issued by the state and will remain open, ending speculation that the state could become the only state without a clinic. The other two providers were unable to meet the new requirements, which specify the size of rooms, the stocking of emergency equipment, and ties to nearby hospitals, among other rules. Meanwhile in South Dakota, blocked a law from taking effect that would require a woman to seek counseling and wait three days before getting an abortion.

    Read it at The New York Times