A proposed telemedicine bill has Kansas medical providers pushing for a new chance to make their services eligible for reimbursement.


A lawyer who spearheaded Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s efforts to block Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood will take charge of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment next week.


KMUW news director Aileen LeBlanc and assistant news director Carla Eckels have been awarded a prestigious national Edward R. Murrow Award for their news feature looking at the return of anti-abortion demonstrations to Wichita.

The award recognizes excellence in hard news reporting in the small-market radio category. The story also won the regional award.

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Comedian Lizz Winstead co-founded Lady Parts Justice League in 2012; the organization is comprised of feminists who use comedy to raise awareness of reproductive rights issues. Winstead was inspired to form the Justice League in 2012 as she finished work on her book Lizz Free or Die and prepared to leave her native Minnesota for her adopted hometown of Brooklyn. She was struck by what she saw as a rolling back of reproductive rights and decided to work toward raising awareness of these issues through her unique brand of comedy.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill Wednesday morning requiring abortion providers to give patients information listing their credentials, any disciplinary actions meted out against them and whether they have malpractice insurance.

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The Kansas Senate has approved and sent to the governor a bill that requires clinics to expand the information provided to a woman seeking an abortion. The bill also specifies that the information must be printed in black 12-point, Times New Roman font.

The bill would add additional details to disclosure forms, including information about a physician’s credentials, insurance and any disciplinary actions taken against them. Supporters of the proposal, including Republican Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, said the changes will better inform women seeking an abortion.

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Republican lawmakers in the Kansas Legislature have agreed on final language to update the information that doctors must provide to women seeking an abortion. The original proposal had specified that the disclosures be printed in 12-point, Times New Roman type. Now the bill includes a mandate for black ink on white paper.

Kathy Ostrowski, with the group Kansans for Life, said it’s important the information be legible.


Along with Texas, Kansas leads the nation when it comes to imposing abortion restrictions not supported by scientific evidence, according to a report by a leading abortion rights organization.

KDHE Releases Preliminary Report On Abortions In Kansas

Apr 19, 2017

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has released a preliminary report on abortions in Kansas.

According to Kansas state law, providers of abortion services must keep records and provide them to KDHE. The Women's Right To Know Act requires that certain information is given to those who seek abortions, as well as a report to KDHE about the number of informed consents.

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Some Kansas lawmakers want more detailed information provided to women who seek an abortion.

The Kansas House has advanced a bill that requires abortion providers to disclose additional details about a physician’s credentials, insurance and any disciplinary actions against them. It also says physicians must disclose if they have clinical privileges at any hospitals within 30 miles.