Kansas clinic gets last-minute license to provide abortions

Kansas won't be slamming the door on abortion today after granting Planned Parenthood a last-minute permit to perform the procedure at its Overland Park clinic.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday, state health officials notified Planned Parenthood that it would be the only abortion clinic to get a license under controversial new rules that take effect today.

A denial would have made Kansas the only state without an abortion provider.

The state’s two other abortion clinics — Aid for Women in Kansas City, Kan., and the Center for Women’s Health in Overland Park — are without licenses and unable to provide abortions.

Both will be in federal court at 3 p.m. today to challenge the new rules. Neither clinic had any abortion appointments scheduled for today.

A courtroom defeat would continue a national decline in the number of abortion providers, which has dropped almost 40 percent since 1982, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks reproductive health issues.

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