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Attorney General Schmidt’s office pays almost $628K to defend abortion laws

May 8, 2012

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— The Kansas attorney general's office paid outside lawyers almost $628,000 through April to defend anti-abortion laws enacted last year.

The office says it paid more than $327,000 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 about $193,000 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 more than $107,000 for work on a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against a law restricting private insurance coverage for elective abortions.

Comments

matthew2600 2 years, 7 months ago

Republicans expanding the size of government while taking away freedoms.

Cait McKnelly 2 years, 7 months ago

They'll make it back in the taxes they will charge on abortions.

Patricia Davis 2 years, 7 months ago

This is the republican way to create jobs and pour state funds into our economy. I know this for a fact because god told me so.

jonas_opines 2 years, 7 months ago

I am morally opposed to my tax dollars through July of last year subsidizing these services. The legislators and the laws' advocates should fund these legal fees privately.

jonas_opines 2 years, 7 months ago

God thinks that it's wrong, too. It's a religious issue, so don't trample on my liberties.

Pastor_Bedtime 2 years, 7 months ago

I'm sure some on this board consider the $$$ spent to be cheap at any cost, and would willfully empty the coffers and abandon all other efforts to pursue this, their single issue.

pace 2 years, 7 months ago

I am sure they would be willing to spend every penny I had and of most working families have to get their faith written into law. Defending goofy law is expensive, but that is not the greatest harm, goofy law degrades law.

SeaBee 2 years, 7 months ago

More jobs for Kansans!

Sir Hesucksalot making good on a campaign pledge and some of you are criticizing?

Sheesh! Whats the guy have to do?

SeaBee 2 years, 7 months ago

Carla Stovall had the resources and inteligence to defend a state law in front of the US Supreme Court.

Too bad Schmidt has neither, even when it comes to defending bad legislation and regulations at a much lower level.

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