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Kansas Abortion Laws Defense Tops $1M

Associated Press - January 22, 2014 8:41 pm

Kansas legislators are considering proposals to give state workers a modest pay increase but end their guaranteed longevity bonuses.

Kansas legislators are considering proposals to give state workers a modest pay increase but end their guaranteed longevity bonuses.

The Kansas attorney general’s office has spent slightly more than $1 million on outside attorneys defending anti-abortion laws enacted in the past three years.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office disclosed the figures Wednesday at the request of The Associated Press. The costs include $179,000 in attorneys’ fees and expenses associated with federal and state lawsuits filed over restrictions enacted last year.

Schmidt’s office provided the numbers on the anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion across the nation. Hundreds of abortion opponents came to the Statehouse to mark the anniversary, and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback spokes to them at a rally.

The state has faced multiple federal and state lawsuits since 2011, when Brownback took office and began signing anti-abortion measures.

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