KANSAS CITY, Kansas, August 2, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) announced today that they are appealing a federal court decision which blocked a Kansas law imposing new regulations on abortion clinics from going into effect.
Aid for Women abortion clinic in Kansas City and the Center for Women’s Health abortion clinic in Overland Park had failed to meet the regulations established by the new law, which required compliance by July 1st.
As of that date, Planned Parenthood’s Overland Park clinic would have become the only legally-operating abortion clinic in Kansas.
The two clinics, however, were granted a temporary injunction by District Judge Carlos Murguia, who ruled that the law would not be enforced until its merits had been examined in court.
“The reduced safety, less-than-ideal sanitary conditions, poorer accommodations and lack of follow-up care at abortion facilities in the absence of SB 36 inevitably exacerbates complications among post-abortive women, and shifts costs of abortions onto AAPLOG members who treat post-abortive women,” said APPLOG’s appeal, filed yesterday.
“In addition, AAPLOG members are put at a competitive disadvantage by the enjoining of SB 36: AAPLOG members provide costly follow-up care for their services while Plaintiffs often do not unless required by SB 36.”
Operation Rescue President Troy Newman claimed that women’s lives would be in greater danger in Kansas if the law is not enforced immediately.
“Right now in Kansas, dangerous abortion clinics operating under substandard conditions continue to endanger women,” commented Newman, who has worked for years in support of abortion clinic regulations in Kansas, according to the AAPLOG press release.
“There are parts of the new law that have already been found to be Constitutional, like the requirement that abortionists maintain privileges with a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics. These portions of the law should not be enjoined while other parts of the law are challenged. Women deserve the legal protections of the law now,” Newman continued.