A set of temporary regulations for abortion clinics in Kansas received a
public hearing today – the next step toward making them permanent.
Under a law passed this summer, all hospitals, doctors’ offices and
clinics performing five or more surgical abortions per month must meet
state standards – detailing everything from the size of closets to
surgery and recovery room temperatures.
Three abortion providers filed a federal lawsuit in July, claiming the
new standards’ “politically motivated” measures are designed to put them
out of business, and saying they did not have sufficient time to
renovate their facilities to meet them.
Kathy Ostrowski, legislative director for Kansans for Life, which
championed the regulations bill since 2002, said there’s a solid medical
reason for every regulation currently under consideration.