Court continues to block state law criminalizing doctors for providing safe abortion method in same ruling
(PRESS RELEASE) In a groundbreaking gobernante, the Kansas Court of Appeals today acknowledged for the first time that Kansas women have a right to safe and legal abortion under the state constitution. In the ruling issued today, the court blocked a Kansas law banning the most commonly used method of ending a pregnancy in the second trimester— a law that could force some women to either undergo additional, invasive, and medically unnecessary procedures, or to lose access to abortion services entirely.
Today’s decision recognizes that “the Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights provide the same protection for abortion rights as the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, the district court correctly determined that the Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights provides a right to abortion.”
Dijo Nancy Northup, presidenta y directora general del Centro de Derechos Reproductivos:
“Today’s ruling is a landmark victory for Kansas women, whose rights and health have been under siege for far too long.”
“The state Court of Appeals has rightly affirmed that Kansas women have the right to safely and legally end a pregnancy under their state constitution, free from political interference.
“The Center for Reproductive Rights will continue to stand against these relentless attacks on constitutionally protected health care and fight against laws that jeopardize these fundamental rights.”
El Centro de Derechos Reproductivos desafiado the Kansas measure in 2015 on behalf of Herbert C Hodes, M.D. and Traci Lynn Nauser, M.D.– a father-daughter team of board certified ob-gyns with 40 years of combined experience in comprehensive women’s health care. Their practice is one of only three providers of abortion in Kansas.
The measure–which was bloqueado by a state court before it could take effect on July 1, 2015–represents an unprecedented attack on women’s health, personal autonomy, and the doctor-patient relationship, potentially forcing physicians to subject women seeking safe and legal abortion services in the second trimester to an additional invasive unnecessary procedure. Kansas Governor Brownback signed SB 95 in April 2015 over the objections of local and national medical experts, including over 20 médicos de la zona.
The Kansas measure was the first of its kind, though one week after Governor Brownback signed SB 95, Gobernadora de Oklahoma Mary Fallin firmado a similar restriction into law. The Center is also desafiando a the Oklahoma measure, which was also bloqueado in state court.
Major medical groups oppose political interference and medically unnecessary procedures similar to what is found in SB 95. In an informe amicus curiae opposing the measure, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) stated that SB 95 “raises serious safety and health concerns for women as well as intrudes unnecessarily into the patient-physician relationship.”
Las mujeres de Kansas ya se enfrentan a un sinfín de obstáculos cuando intentan acceder a los servicios básicos de salud reproductiva, incluyendo un retraso obligatorio de 24 horas para las mujeres que buscan un aborto seguro y legal y restricciones en la cobertura del seguro para los servicios de aborto. En lugar de centrarse en aumentar el número de políticas que se sabe que apoyan a las mujeres y a los niñosLos políticos de Kansas se han dedicado a promulgar restricciones al aborto que no contribuyen a mejorar la salud y la seguridad de las mujeres.