Planned Parenthood drops Kansas abortion lawsuit
Associated Press - December 6, 2014 7:13 pm
Planned Parenthood says it has dropped a federal lawsuit challenging a Kansas rule for websites operated by abortion providers.
U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil issued a one-page order Friday closing the lawsuit filed last year. A trial had been scheduled to begin Monday in Kansas City, Kansas.
Vratil’s order said the state and Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri had settled the case.
But Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Elise Higgins said in an email that the group voluntarily dismissed its case.
A requirement enacted by legislators in 2013 says abortion providers must have a link on their website home pages to state materials about abortion and fetal development.
Planned Parenthood argued its free-speech rights were violated. The state argued the rule was in line with its power to regulate medicine.