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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.

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autie 1 year, 11 months ago

Hey, Derek is just waiting. Waiting for Pat Roberts to fall over.

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SeaBee 1 year, 11 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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SeaBee 1 year, 11 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?

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BABBOY 1 year, 11 months ago

The abortion one is good example of politics.

Brownie gets elected courting abortion nuts

Brownie also gets elected with support of Koch Brothers

Who does Koch use as lawyers -- Foulston Siefken.

AG should have done that work without outside help....

Total BS

Brownie does not care about anything but Brownie. But, you can talk to Brownie without wanting to punch him. He is just that smooth. His policies suck but he has that skill to make you like him. Very dangerious dude.

AG Schmidit on the other hand is total jerk and it is harder to not punch him should you ever have to talk to him. Schmidt is not smooth at all. Schmidt got lucky when he got elected and should send a thank you letter to Obamacare back lash....

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Pastor_Bedtime 1 year, 11 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.

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jonas_opines 1 year, 11 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.

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autie 1 year, 11 months ago

So this is just another method of taking 'our' tax dollars and passing them into 'their' pockets? What a scam..we should have thought of that.

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observant 1 year, 11 months ago

And the new laws just passed will probably require twice as much to defend and lose.

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autie 1 year, 11 months ago

Spending thousands to protect unconstitutional and unjust social engineering laws then turn around and spend thousands to fight federal law. There is just something very wrong with that. And that denial of funds for planned parenthood was just plain stupid...dumbass Republican BS.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 11 months ago

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

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matthew2600 1 year, 11 months ago

Republicans expanding the size of government while taking away freedoms.

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