Planned Parenthood denied Kan. abortion license

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Planned Parenthood says inspectors have returned to the Kansas clinic for another visit after denying it a license to perform abortions.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri disclosed the second state inspection on Thursday, just hours after its attorneys filed a federal lawsuit. The suit challenges the state’s licensing process and accompanying Kansas Department Health and Environment rules mandating strict requirements for clinics.

If Planned Parenthood remains without a license when the new state rules take effect Friday, Kansas will be the first state in the nation without a clinic or doctor’s office performing abortions.

The state’s two other abortion providers, also in the Kansas City area, are involved in another federal lawsuit against the rules that was filed earlier this week. Neither has been inspected for a license.