Judge Halts Kansas Abortion Rules

A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked a Kansas law from going into effect that would have closed all but one of the state’s abortion clinics. U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia put an injunction in place, saying the tough licensing rules could cause abortion providers to “suffer irreparable harm” through the loss of business and patients, and that at least two women currently seeking abortions would be harmed by not being able to go to a provider they wanted. Two out of the three Kansas abortion clinics did not meet the state’s new regulations for room size, stocking of emergency equipment and ties to other hospitals.