Kansas’ new abortion facility law went into effect Friday, July 1, but by 4pm, a court-order granted a temporary injunction against the entire law until a trial is held. See KFL press release here.
The 2 Kansas abortion businesses that did not undergo the required inspection from the state health division (KDHE), joined in filing a lawsuit claiming
- there wasn’t enough time to comply with new regulations,
- the regulations were unneeded and onerous, and
- the entire endeavor is a plan to end abortion in Kansas.
Assistant Kansas Attorney General Steve Fabert defended the new regulations in court, and argued that the 2 clinics should be petitioning for administrative relief instead of halting the entire law through injunction. The fact that Planned Parenthood was granted a license indicated the regulations were not unreasonable.
“We are disappointed by the judge’s decision [but] he emphasized more than once that it was very early in the process and that more information was needed,” said KFL Executive Director Mary Kay Culp. “It is clear to us that his ruling Friday was based on missing and misleading information, which can be rectified in further proceedings.”
As reported here, abortionist Herb Hodes is claiming he has a patient 18 ½ weeks pregnant whose water has broken, and is threatened with infection if he cannot perform an abortion ASAP in his clinic. But this patient does not require an abortion— she needs her labor to be induced and monitored, a procedure best done at a hospital. Culp added,
“Specifically, the judge was led to believe that Hodes needed his free standing abortion facility for high risk patients, when in fact he has the ability to perform them at the full service hospital he is associated with, not far from his office.”
Attorneys for Hodes argued the law was preventing Hodes from performing 2 abortions this week for fetal ‘anomalies’..which, under another new Kansas law, cannot happen after 22 weeks gestation because of the gruesome pain the unborn feels during an abortion.
The new Kansas abortion facility law includes both facility mandates and patient protocols, for example, the mother’s Rh factor– a protocol not part of license/inspections for ordinary surgical centers.
Hodes, himself, demonstrates the need for such a regulation: he performed an abortion and failed to correctly record the mother’s Rh information and administer medication. DUE TO THAT ERROR, the woman nearly died during a subsequent birth and endured numerous blood transfusions; her family sued and received a settlement in 2000. (Case # 00CV04517 in Johnson County)
On the Rachel Maddow cable TV show, Hodes and his daughter/business partner, Traci Nauser, were introduced as providing over 30 years of safe medicine. Hodes’ malpractice record tells a different story. (Subsequent posts here will discuss decades of abortion damages by Kansas practitioners, including Hodes, that propelled the adoption of the new abortion facility regulations.)
Nauser, on the same show, claims she dismisses women within 15 minutes of a ‘d&c’ (dilation & curettage) procedure done for a miscarriage, and said the new Kansas regulations unfairly require patients remain onsite for 2 hours after an elective abortion. Medical experts consulted by KFL warn that the danger of accidental internal bleeding after abortion warrants careful monitoring by medical personnel for up to 2 hours.
Nauser said the d&c is identical to elective abortion except for terminology, however,we beg to differ: the former is a necessary scraping out of decaying human baby body parts from the woman, while the abortion brutally dismembers a still-living unborn child before removing the body parts.