The legal right to abortion doesn’t get much respect in Kansas anymore. But as the state and its attorneys defend new overreaching anti-abortion legislation against the inevitable lawsuits, they at least should be less disdainful of federal judges and open government, our editorial today argues. U.S. District Judge Thomas Marten had to order the state Tuesday in federal court in Wichita to resume the flow of federal family planning funds to Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. Meanwhile, the state is fighting disclosure of how it crafted temporary new rules and regulations specific to abortion providers. The Brownback administration shouldn’t tout the rule of law, transparency and limited government in some matters and then, when it comes to abortion, flout a federal judge and operate as a heavy-handed and secretive regulatory authority.
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