Abor­tion curb faces chal­lenge

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

An abor­tion rights group is ask­ing a Kansas judge to block the state’s first- in- thenation ban on what it says is the most com­mon method for ter­mi­nat­ing sec­ond- trimester preg­nan­cies, con­tend­ing that the new law would force women to ei­ther ac­cept higher med­i­cal risks or forgo abor­tions.

But the state’s lawyers were ex­pected to ar­gue Thurs­day in Shawnee County Dis­trict Court that abor­tion providers have safe al­ter­na­tives to the pro­ce­dure, which an­tiabor­tion ac­tivists de­scribe as dis­mem­ber­ing a fe­tus. Dis­trict Judge Larry Hen­dricks’ hear­ing in a law­suit f iled by the Cen­ter for Re­pro­duc­tive Rights comes f ive days be­fore the ban is to take ef­fect.

The ban would for­bid doc­tors from us­ing for­ceps, clamps, scis­sors or sim­i­lar in­stru­ments on a live fe­tus. Such in­stru­ments are com­monly used in di­la­tion and evac­u­a­tion pro­ce­dures in the sec­ond trimester.

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