Doctors in Kansas are fighting back against ridiculous new licensing regulations that aim to shut down abortion clinics. The physicians have filed a federal lawsuit to block the new regulations, but it seems very possible that on Friday Kansas will become the first state in the country where there are no abortion providers.
Earlier this month, Governor Sam Brownback signed a law that gave clinics that provide abortion services until July 1 to comply with a laundry list of new requirements. These range from reasonable rules like having certain medications on hand, to absolutely ludicrous specifications about the size of janitor's closets and the precise temperature of procedure rooms. The Associated Press has requested records from the inspections, but so far it's only received an blank 18-page checklist with more than 200 items.