Planned Parenthood Files Suit to Overturn Kansas Law

The Kansas law, billed Kansas House Bill 2253, is written to take effect on July 1, 2013.  But typically, Planned Parenthood has the advantage of obtaining injunctions that prevent the law from being enforced as written.

Reporting on the lawsuit indicates that the targeted provisions of the law include the “informed consent” script that doctors must read to women prior to administering an abortion.  Under the script, a doctor must inform the woman that she is ending the life of a “whole, separate, unique, living human being.”

Frankly, if you wish to invest in anti-abortion activism, informed consent laws like this are a poor investment.  This measure has little chance of success in court, based primarily on the doctor’s own First Amendment rights.  See, e.g., Planned Parenthood v. Rounds, 467 F.3d 716 (8th Cir. 2006); Acuna v. Turkish, 192 N.J. 399 (N.J. Sup. Ct. 2007).  These laws simply don’t make for successful cases.  At worst, they could reach the U.S. Supreme Court and provide to the Justices an opportunity to affirm Roe and Casey.


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