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Kansas Court Strikes Down D&E Abortion Ban Under State Law

April 8, 2021, 1:26 PM

Kansas lost its bid to enforce a law that bans most dilation and evacuation abortions—the most common procedure used during the second trimester of pregnancy—because it’s not narrowly tailored to further the state’s compelling interest in preserving life, a state trial court said.

The case was back in the Kansas District Court for Shawnee County after the state supreme court held that the right to abortion is fundamental under the Kansas Constitution, meaning the law had to be evaluated under a “strict scrutiny” test, rather than the undue burden test applicable to abortion cases brought under the federal constitution.

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