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Brownback Disappointed By Abortion Ruling

Stephen Koranda
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A spokeswoman for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says the Republican is disappointed by a judge's decision to block a new state law that bans a specific abortion procedure.

The governor is a strong abortion opponent. His spokeswoman, Eileen Hawley, released a statement saying Brownback is committed to "supporting a culture of life."

Hawley called Kansas a "pro-life state" and said, "Kansas law should protect human dignity for all Kansans."

The law bans a common procedure used during second-trimester abortions that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus. The law was scheduled to take effect next week.

Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks ruled that there's a substantial likelihood that the ban would create an undue burden for women seeking abortions.

His order will stay in effect while a lawsuit challenging the ban proceeds.