Topeka A board in Kansas plans to meet Wednesday to review new regulations drafted by the state health department for abortion providers.
The Department of Health and Environment is imposing the rules under a new law mandating specific health and safety standards for abortion providers. The law takes effect July 1, and the department plans to have its rules in effect then, too. The state's three abortion providers have criticized that process.
The rules are considered temporary but can remain in effect for up to four months while the department takes public comments on permanent regulations. But the state Rules and Regulations Board must sign off on the temporary rules.
The five-member board includes two legislators and representatives from the attorney general's, secretary of state's and secretary of administration's offices.