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Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt (2013)


The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in state court on behalf of two physicians seeking to block Kansas’s 50-page omnibus abortion bill which includes more than a dozen harmful measures, including (1) redefining medical emergency in a way that would require many pregnant women in life-threatening situations to wait at least 24 hours before obtaining emergency abortion care; (2) a speech-and-display requirement that force forces physicians to inform patients that “the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being” and that “by no later than 20 weeks from fertilization, the unborn child has the physical structures necessary to experience pain.”


In June 2013, the state court judge temporarily blocked the provisions of the law that would have made it nearly impossible for a woman to obtain abortions in an emergency as well as the provision requiring providers to tell women fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks. The judge declined to block the provisions of the law that ban sex-selection abortions, block tax breaks for abortion providers, and prohibit providers from giving materials or being instructors for public school sex education courses.


**Last updated June 29, 2015