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Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri Inc. v. Templeton

Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri Inc. v. Templeton

Federal court challenge to a Kansas law, HB 2253. This suit challenges the provisions of HB 2253 which require abortion providers to post a link on their website to a government site that contains the government’s viewpoint on abortion and to post scripted text endorsing the government’s message. In addition, the lawsuit challenges the requirement that physicians tell women seeking an abortion that a fetus can feel pain as early as 20 weeks from fertilization and that they are ending the life of a "whole, separate, unique, living human being." Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Kansas City law firm Arthur Benson and Associates filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. Current Status: In June 2013, the federal court judge refused to temporarily block parts of the law, including the requirement that providers’ websites link to a state site with disputed information.(See the Kansas Law here. See the complaint here. See the court order here. Learn more about the case here.)