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Attorney General’s office pays almost $597K to defend abortion laws

April 2, 2012

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— The Kansas attorney general's office paid outside lawyers almost $597,000 through March to defend anti-abortion laws enacted last year.

The office says it paid nearly $317,000 to Foulston Siefken, a Wichita firm helping defend a budget provision denying federal family planning dollars for non-abortion services to Planned Parenthood. The group has a federal lawsuit against the measure.

The attorney general's office paid almost $177,000 to Thompson, Ramsdell & Qualseth, of Lawrence, to help defend health and safety regulations for abortion providers. Two Kansas City-area physicians challenged the rules first in federal court and then in state court.

The same law firm also received nearly $104,000 for work in a federal lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union against a law restricting private insurance coverage for elective abortions.

Comments

Joe Hyde 3 years ago

Wow, almost $600K in taxpayer money wasted on lawyers when each Kansas woman could have been shown the empowering respect of letting her decide for herself how best to control her reproductive life.

Whatever happened to the Republican mantra of "getting government off the backs of the people"? Don't they know women are people? People who can vote?

Cant_have_it_both_ways 3 years ago

Interesting concept. Another one would be protecting the rights of the unborn. I dont like the money grubbing from either side of the asile, but given the choice, would side with the children who would be aborted and protecting their rights.

Joe Hyde 3 years ago

A fair and moral choice...if the fetus is yours. If the fetus is not yours and is not inside your body, the choice is not yours to make.

Cait McKnelly 3 years ago

How about spreading a little pf that "rights protection" to born children in this state and making sure they have food, clothing, housing and education? Oh that's right, you people believe in post birth abortion. The minute it sticks it's head out of the birth canal it's on it's own.

pace 3 years ago

"The Kansas attorney general's office paid outside lawyers almost $597,000 through March to defend anti-abortion laws enacted last year."

Rather than defending goofy laws designed to stop women from their legal rights. I sure would like the Attorney Generals office to declare war on ID theft and consumer fraud. That is my wish. Protect our rights and our commerce

somebodynew 3 years ago

That would be nice pace, however this AG has pretty much gutted the Consumer Protection Division and has no plans to improve it. You know, might just upset some of the business owners by going after the crooked ones.

Cait McKnelly 3 years ago

Sez the person who wouldn't give up a dime in taxes to keep WIC going.

Armored_One 3 years ago

So because you make more money, you are obviously "right".

JayhawkFan1985 3 years ago

That is what ebeneezer Scrooge said before the three spirits visited him. How long is your chain? You've been adding to it's length which each post...

pace 3 years ago

You are demanding the attorney general of the state should spend his resources and our tax money on defending goofy law to block abortions. You don't want them to do anything to fight ID theft, consumer fraud, graft, or organized crime. I got good news for you, your dream has come true. They aren't fighting crime.

pace 3 years ago

No, I don't think President Obama is the reason the attorney general of the state of Kansas is spending his resources and our tax money to defend goofy laws designed to block a woman access to a medical right. You just mean you hate Obama and to you , that is reason . You seem to be avoiding taking responsibility for not wanting the attorney general's to spend his time and our money on fraud. I don't mind you wanting the attorney general's office not to do a proper job, but in this case, I would say, own that. Don't blame Obama for every thing the radical right pulls. You might feel it, but even you know, it doesn't answer "You are demanding the attorney general of the state should spend his resources and our tax money on defending goofy law to block abortions. You don't want them to do anything to fight ID theft, consumer fraud, graft, or organized crime. I got good news for you, your dream has come true. They aren't fighting crime".

JayhawkFan1985 3 years ago

You could move to Pakistan. I hear the Taliban still has influence there...

pace 3 years ago

You are saying the Attorney General's office should not do anything on ID fraud? You don't want them to do anything to fight ID theft, consumer fraud, graft, or organized crime. They aren't fighting crime" they are fighting women. If I moved to Pakistan i would fight for women's rights and fight religious zealots who have no respect for others. But to do that, I don't have to move. You sound like you would be more comfortable with the Taliban mentality than me.

JayhawkFan1985 3 years ago

I was suggesting that rc1977 should move to Pakistan. He would fit in there with his beliefs.

pace 3 years ago

yes, I am sorry, I didn't follow the response line. I tried to post a correction but failed.

Patricia Davis 3 years ago

No one loves an abortion. It is, however, legal for a woman to make this difficult choice. It would not be necessary if irresponsible men were castrated, then place in stocks in a public place.

yourworstnightmare 3 years ago

Sad. Sad that right wing ideologues demagogue this painful and personal issue for their own political gain.

Is having an abortion a good thing? No. Neither are having a heart transplant or cancer surgery.

Is abortion a necessary option? Yes.

It is sad that there are shameless ideologues who exploit this issue for political gain. Sad.

grammaddy 3 years ago

The GOP will pay for this next November. Watch and see.

tomatogrower 3 years ago

This money could have gone towards helping women who chose to have an abortion, but didn't have enough money to have a baby. Think of how many it would have helped. And educating the born. Instead it went to a lawyer who probably has more money than he needs anyway.

pace 3 years ago

The art of corporate welfare, heaven forbid they fight id theft, consumer fraud or crime.

Scaevola 3 years ago

That wasn't very American of you FalseHope. Americans don't eat eagles.

Cait McKnelly 3 years ago

Eagles are no longer a protected species. It would be a misdemeanor at most and you'd have to pay a fine :P

deec 3 years ago

Perhaps, but you were an internal parasite.

dabbindan 3 years ago

hoping they are sowing the seeds for their defeat in the next few statewide elections.

JayhawkFan1985 3 years ago

Right wing (Taliban) extremism wins out over the GOP's fictional fiscal conservatism. They are about returning society to a late 1800's era where white men dominated everything. It is time Americans generally and Kansans specifically wake up and realize that is what they are about...

Cait McKnelly 3 years ago

Now HERE'S a rather cool piece of legislation.

http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/03/16/alabama-senator-coleman-introduces-right-to-professional-medical-judgement-act-sp

"No physician or health care provider licensed to practice in the State of Alabama shall be forced by state or local regulatory authority to perform any medical service or component of medical service if the service or component of service is not medically necessary or would be harmful to the patient and the patient does not desire the medical service. The right to practice within the scope of a medical license supersedes any existing or future legislative act. "

Too bad we don't have any legislators in the Kansas State House with the brass to introduce something similar.

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