Heartland Health Monitor
5:50 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

KCK Clinic That Provided Abortions Closes

Aid for Women, a Kansas City, Kan., clinic that provided abortion services, closed Saturday, leaving only three clinics in the state that provide abortions.

Aid for Women, at 720 Central Ave., was incorporated in 2004. It said on its website that it closed its doors on July 26 and was referring patients to the state’s remaining abortion clinics — two in suburban Kansas City and one in Wichita. The website said the clinic manager and physician had both decided to retire.

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7:12 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Mo. Senate Blocks 72-hour Abortion Waiting Period

Legislation that would require a 72-hour waiting period for abortions is moving forward in the Missouri House, while it's Senate counterpart is stalled.

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4:07 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Kansas Supreme Court Disciplines Former AG Kline

Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline has temporarily lost the right to practice law in Kansas. The  suspension has no time limit.

The research, investigation and opinion on indefinite suspension of Kline's law license appears in a 154 page document issued October 18 by the Kansas Supreme Court. 

The report outlines allegations of ethical misconduct against the former Johnson County District Attorney.

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9:30 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Bill Restricting Use Of Abortion-Inducing Drugs Passes Missouri Senate Committee

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A Missouri Senate Committee has passed legislation that puts restrictions on the use of abortion-inducing drugs. 

The bill would require the prescribing doctor to be physically present whenever a patient takes RU-486 or any other medication designed to terminate a pregnancy.  Supporters say it’s designed to prevent so-called “web-cam abortions,” in which a doctor at another location instructs the patient on taking the medicine.

Susan Klein of Missouri Right to Life testified in favor of the bill before the vote.

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9:45 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Kansas House Committee Approves Abortion Bill

A Kansas House committee has approved a bill that is aimed at removing any state subsidies for abortion, even tax credits or exemptions.

Much of the debate focused on part of the bill that prohibits employees of an abortion provider from teaching sex education in schools. But it was written so broadly that a parent who works for an abortion provider wouldn't be allowed to volunteer in the classroom for any purpose.

Allan Rothlisberg, a Republican from Grandview Plaza, was in favor of the measure.

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9:11 am
Wed January 23, 2013

More Than 1,000 Gather For Anti-Abortion Rally

More than 1,000 anti-abortion advocates gathered at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka to mark the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal in the country.

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5:12 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

State Fines Aetna Over Autism, Abortion Coverage Violations

Aetna violated a 2001 state law when it provided coverage for contraceptives without allowing employers to opt out.
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The Missouri Department of Insurance has issued its largest penalty to date, to health insurance company, Aetna. 

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4:04 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Charges Dropped Against Planned Parenthood

The Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park, Kan.
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Prosecutors in Kansas have dropped all remaining criminal charges against Planned Parenthood.

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12:06 am
Thu June 21, 2012

God, Politics And Sam Brownback's Kansas

Senior Sam Brownback was a leader in his Parker, Kansas high school
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Governor Sam Brownback is reconfiguring the size and scope of state government in Kansas with the help of an overwhelmingly conservative Republican legislature.

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7:18 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Discarded Abortion Records Prompt Investigation, Chargeable Violations Unclear

The discovery of hundreds of private abortion records near a school in Overland Park, Kan. has prompted a police investigation.

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6:36 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Hundreds Rally At Missouri Capitol, Contraception Bill Moves Forward In Senate

Two rallies in Jefferson City today each called for the repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and for employers to have the right to not provide coverage for birth control. 

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5:15 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Birth Control Restriction Bill Passes Out Of Senate Committee

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A State Senate committee has passed legislation that would allow employers in Missouri to refuse insurance coverage for birth control, abortions and sterilizations – that is, if providing coverage for those services would violate the employer’s religious beliefs.

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7:24 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

  • Audit Questions Bioscience Authority’s Former President
  • Anti-Abortion Activists Rally At Kansas Statehouse
  • Missouri Lawmakers Look At Workplace Discrimination
  • Mental Health Care Leader Retires

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Kansas Statehouse
2:53 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

More Than 1,000 Gather For Anti-Abortion Rally

More than 1,000 anti-abortion activists gathered at the Kansas Statehouse today. The annual rally coincides with the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized abortion.

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12:36 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Several Kansas Abortion Laws Now in Effect

OVERLAND PARK, Ks. – As the battle over new state abortion regulations moves to federal court, other recently approved laws pertaining to abortion are now kicking in. And as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, the laws affect how remaining abortion services are accessed in Kansas.


Starting July 1, private health insurance companies can no longer offer elective abortion coverage in Kansas. Women can still get the coverage, but will have to purchase separate insurance riders.

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12:39 am
Mon July 4, 2011

Judge Blocks New Abortion Licensing Regs in Kansas.

The federal courthouse in downtown Kansas City, Ks.
Photo by Elana Gordon

KANSAS CITY, Ks. – A federal judge has temporarily blocked Kansas from enforcing new abortion regulations that took effect Friday. The regulations, which are temporary, would have prevented two of the state's three abortion providers from continuing to offer such services.


A new law in Kansas requires that abortion providers be licensed by the state. Health officials issued the updated licensing rules June 17. Planned Parenthood was the only place granted a license.

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12:21 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

2nd Abortion Provider Joins Licensing Lawsuit; State Board Approves New Regulations

OVERLAND PARK, Ks. – Another Kansas abortion provider is trying to join a federal lawsuit aimed at blocking new state licensing laws and health department regulations.

Aid for Women, a clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, filed a request Wednesday to intervene in a lawsuit filed by two doctors who perform abortions at their own office.

"I'm all for patient safety," says Jeffrey Pederson, manager of Aid for Women. "This is not about patient safety. This is all about making it [accessing abortions] more difficult."

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10:10 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Ks. Senate Passes Abortion Clinic Regulation Bill

TOPEKA, Ks. – The Kansas Senate has approved a bill putting new regulations on abortion clinics in the state. The legislation would also require inspections two times per year for the clinics.

Supporters of the bill say adding the requirements and inspections will ensure the safety of women. Senator Mary Pilcher Cook, a Shawnee republican, brought the bill to the Senate floor.

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10:50 am
Mon March 21, 2011

Missouri House Passes Late Abortion Ban

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House passed legislation on Thursday to ban so-called "late term" abortions in the Show-Me State.

The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks unless two doctors verify that a fetus is either not viable or is a medical threat to the mother.

The sponsor, House Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones (R, Eureka), called abortions after 20 weeks a "barbaric practice that puts mothers at risk."

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12:38 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Ks. House Advances Abortion Bills

TOPEKA, Ks. – The Kansas House has given first-round approval to bills that would place more restrictions on abortion in the state. The heated debate lasted nearly two hours Wednesday. Kansas Public Radio's Stephen Koranda was there and has this report.


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3:45 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Mo. House Committee Hears Bill That Would End Late Abortions

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Missouri House committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill that would make it illegal to abort a fetus deemed capable of living outside the womb.

The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks unless two doctors verify that a fetus is either not viable or constitutes a medical threat to the mother.

It's sponsored by House Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones (R, Eureka).

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2:42 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Bill to Restirct Late Abortions Filed in KS House

Topeka, KS – A bill filed in the Kansas House would remove an exemption from the state's ban on late abortions.

The mental health of the mother is one of the exemptions allowed under the late-term abortion ban.

Representative Steve Huebert, a Valley Center Republican, believes that reason is being overused. Huebert authored the legislation. He says the bill passed the House last year, but wasn't taken up in the Senate.

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6:14 pm
Thu April 1, 2010

Roeder Parole-Eligible At Age 102

Scott Roeder listens as sentence is read in Sedgewick County (Ks) District Court.

Wichita, Kan. – The sentence for the Kansas City man who killed Kansas abortion provider Doctor George Tiller is fifty years in prison at the minimum. The day-long sentencing hearing concluded after sometimes passionate testimony.

52-year-old Scott Roeder took the witness stand to try to mitigate his guilt, appealing for a lesser number of years before he can see a parole board, on a life sentence. Tiller was shot down last year as he attended Sunday worship at his church.

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11:28 am
Wed March 31, 2010

Missouri House Passes Abortion Legislation

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed a wide-ranging bill that would create new requirements surrounding abortions. The new requirements include notifying prosecutors anytime a girl younger than 18 seeks an abortion, whether she goes through with it or not.

GOP House Member Brian Nieves of Franklin County says it would reduce the number of abortions performed in Missouri.

"And hopefully, bringing to justice the sick, disgusting people that would actually rape an underage child," Nieves says.

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