Judge hear arguments on Kansas telemedicine abortion law

Group seeks to block law from taking effect
Judge hear arguments on Kansas telemedicine abortion law
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A Kansas law meant to ban telemedicine abortions has become entangled in larger court battles over abortion and the legality of the practice remains in doubt.

District Judge Franklin Theis heard arguments Friday on an abortion rights group’s request to block the new law from taking effect in January.

Theis didn’t issue an order after state attorneys raised questions about whether other state abortion laws also come onto play. Those provisions are tied up in another pending lawsuit.

Since October, a Wichita clinic has given women abortion pills and had them consult with an offsite doctor by teleconferencing. The clinic also hopes to offer telemedicine abortions to women in rural areas.

The Center for Reproductive Rights contends the ban violates the state constitution by treating women seeking abortions differently from other telemedicine patients. The group says the law places an undue burden on women seeking abortions.

The center sued on behalf of Trust Women Wichita, which operates a clinic that this year began to offer abortions through telemedicine so that women in rural areas would not have to come to Wichita.