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Abortion fight heats up (again) in Kansas

A Kansas judge has temporarily blocked several of the state’s longstanding abortion restrictions, including a 24-hour waiting period that providers say has resulted in hundreds of women being denied abortions. The order has already set off renewed pledges by Kansas Republicans to further restrict the procedure in the coming legislative session.

On Monday, a Kansas judge temporarily blocked several of the state’s abortion restrictions, including a 24-hour waiting period and a new law that required providers to give patients medically unsupported information about reversing the effects of abortion pills.

In his order, Johnson County District Judge K. Christopher Jayaram wrote that the restrictions “[appear] to be a thinly-veiled effort to stigmatize the procedure and instill fear in patients that are contemplating an abortion, based upon disproven and unsupportable claims.”

KCUR's Steve Kraske sat down with Rachel Mipro from the Kansas Reflector to break down the order, which has already renewed the battle over abortion rights in Kansas.

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