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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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matthew2600 2 years, 3 months ago

Republicans expanding the size of government while taking away freedoms.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 3 months ago

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

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Patricia Davis 2 years, 3 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.

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jonas_opines 2 years, 3 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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jonas_opines 2 years, 3 months ago

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

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Pastor_Bedtime 2 years, 3 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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pace 2 years, 3 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.

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SeaBee 2 years, 3 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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SeaBee 2 years, 3 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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