Judge: 2019 ruling nullifies Kansas abortion procedure ban
April 7, 2021
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge ruled Wednesday that a Kansas law banning a common second-trimester abortion procedure is "unconstitutional and unenforceable" under a 2019 state Supreme Court ruling protecting abortion rights.
Shawnee County District Judge Teresa Watson's decision was the first on abortion from a lower court since the decision from the state's highest court. But Kansas has been unable to enforce the law since it was enacted in 2015 under then-Republican Gov. Sam Brownback because of a lawsuit from two abortion providers.
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that access to abortion...