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Quick Decision Sought in Kansas Abortion Lawsuit

Associated Press - October 23, 2013 7:00 pm

A federal judge has entered a preliminary order of forfeiture against a husband and wife accused of laundering drug money for a Mexican cartel at a small southwest Kansas bank.

Planned Parenthood and the state of Kansas have filed competing requests with a federal judge for a quick resolution of the organization’s lawsuit against a new abortion restriction.

Planned Parenthood is challenging a requirement that abortion providers’ website home pages link to a state site on abortion and fetal development. The rule says the websites must say the state’s information is accurate and objective.

The rule took effect in July but isn’t being enforced. Planned Parenthood performs abortions at an Overland Park clinic.

The state asked U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil this week to uphold the rule without a trial and says it is allowed to order disclosures by medical providers to protect patients.

In a filing last month, Planned Parenthood said the requirement violates its free speech rights.