Judge sets hearing on Kansas anti-abortion law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A federal judge in Kansas will hear arguments this week on Planned Parenthood’s request to stop parts of the state’s new abortion restrictions from taking effect in July.

Chief Judge Kathryn Vratil has scheduled a hearing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.

Planned Parenthood wants Vratil to issue a temporary order against enforcement of parts of the new law.

The group’s Overland Park clinic and the clinic’s medical director filed suit last week over a section detailing the information that patients must receive before abortions – including a statement that abortion ends the life of a separate human being.

The lawsuit argues those requirements violate free-speech rights. Backers of the law believe it protects patients.

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