NEW: 2011 abortion clinic regulations blocked


The longest running abortion case in Kansas has culminated with a Shawnee County judge permanently blocking a 10-year-old law imposing new regulations on abortion clinics.

Shawnee County District Judge Mary E. Christopher late last week found in favor of a pair of Johnson County obstetricians who challenged the abortion clinic regulations passed in 2011.

The lawsuit, brought 10 years ago last month, characterized the regulations as "irrational and burdensome" in violation of the Kansas Constitution.

Obstetricians Herbert Hodes and Traci Nauser contended that enforcement of the licensing and inspection procedures enacted by . . .


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