Anti-abortion laws invited costly legal bills

It’s disappointing that Kansas legislators’ rush to send three anti-abortion bills to the desk of pro-life Gov. Sam Brownback has led to nearly $393,000 in legal bills for the state, including from Wichita-based Foulston Siefkin. It’s reasonable that Attorney General Derek Schmidt needed outside legal help to defend the new laws, variously aimed at denying federal family planning funds to Planned Parenthood, imposing new regulations on abortion clinics and prohibiting insurance companies’ comprehensive plans from covering abortions. But it’s also reasonable to expect lawmakers and the governor to try harder to vet legislation before they pass it, in an effort to avoid costly lawsuits.