‘Make sure we’re making the right decision for these women’: Lawmakers defend bill requiring invasive questions of women seeking abortion

Demonstrators on both sides of the abortion issue stand outside a Planned Parenthood clinic, Oct. 15, 2022, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Demonstrators on both sides of the abortion issue stand outside a Planned Parenthood clinic, Oct. 15, 2022, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

In Kansas, a new legal battle is now raging over abortion and privacy rights with significant ramifications that will go into effect this summer without any court intervention.

Starting July 1, a law known as HB 2749 will go into effect mandating that abortion providers in Kansas ask each patient prior to terminating their pregnancy what the “most important factor” was in their decision to seek an abortion, drawing from a set scripted list of prompts and without the option to give an open-ended answer such as “other.” It also forces doctors to compile their findings and submit them to the state twice a year for a public report. The bill was passed by state legislators by overriding a veto from Gov. Laura Kelly.

But abortion providers in the state are intent on fighting this latest addition to regulations around access to abortion health care in Kansas enacted under the Republican-backed Woman’s Right to Know Act. The so-called “survey requirement” is being challenged in a motion supplemented to an ongoing lawsuit filed in against Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach.

Kobach told the Kansas City Star, which first reported on the lawsuit, that he intends to fight the abortion providers’ “highly improper” amended petition and will ask the court that they file a separate case altogether.

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