Attorney fees on abortion bills just getting started

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office has paid outside lawyers nearly $597,000 so far to defend various anti-abortion laws enacted last year. But that may be just a drop in the bucket. The cases are still in the courts, so more attorney bills will be coming. And the Legislature seems bent on passing even more constitutionally suspect laws, such as requiring a fetal monitor to “make the embryonic or fetal heartbeat of the unborn child audible for the pregnant woman to hear.” Even though he has given a green light to lawmakers to pass anti-abortion bills, Gov. Sam Brownback has a fiscal responsibility not to sign bills that are sure to get tossed out by the courts.