Los Angeles Times

A sweeping abortion rights ruling

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The Kansas Court of Appeals has refused to implement the state’s first-in-thenation ban on a common second-trimester abortion method, ruling in a split but groundbrea­king decision that the conservati­ve state’s constituti­on protects abortion rights independen­tly from the U.S. Constituti­on.

The 7-7 ruling — issued Friday on the anniversar­y of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision — could be used by abortion rights supporters to challenge other state laws restrictin­g abortion. If the decision is upheld, it would allow state courts to protect a woman’s right to end her pregnancy beyond federal court rulings.

Tie votes uphold the ruling being appealed, meaning Friday’s ruling sides with a Shawnee County judge who put the 2015 law on hold while he considers a lawsuit challengin­g the ban. The state will appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court, Atty. Gen. Derek Schmidt said.

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