Thursday, June 30, 2011

Meanwhile, in Kansas

A new law comes into force on July 1. Its intent is to make running an abortion clinic impossible:
The new law, which takes effect Friday, establishes new standards for abortion providers—standards apparently designed to make compliance difficult. The rules require changes to the size and number of rooms, compel clinics to have additional supplies on hand, and even mandate room temperatures for the facilities. Given that the rules were released less than two weeks before clinics were expected to be in compliance, many providers knew they wouldn't be able to obtain a license to continue operating. The laws, often called "targeted regulation of abortion providers," or TRAP laws, are an increasingly common legislative maneuver to limit access to abortion by redering it tough, if not impossible, for providers to comply.
Right now it looks like Planned Parenthood will be allowed a license.

The TRAP laws have been most effective. Abortion may be legal in theory but in practice is it much harder to obtain. Unless you are as well-off as probably most families of the Kansas legislature.