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Defending Life Spotlight


Unsafe Spotlight

In 2011, the Kansas legislature passed a bill (codified at K.S.A. 65-4a01 et seq.) that required KDHE to license abortion facilities. KDHE adopted regulations pursuant to K.S.A. 65-4a09, but a state district court issued an injunction against them. In response to AUL’s public records request to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) under the Kansas Open Records Act, K.S.A. § 45-215 et seq., we were told that KDHE only keeps records back to 2015. KDHE did provide application materials for 2018 and 2019 from three facilities that were licensed as ambulatory surgical clinics under provisions of KSA 65-425 through 65-441, and only one of these reflected a violation which was failure to provide patients with a notice of patients’ rights.

DATE RANGE: 2014–2019