WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Republican lawmakers in Kansas have been dealt a second major legal setback in their recent moves against abortion providers.
A federal judge is blocking a new state law that would remove federal family planning funding from the state's Planned Parenthood chapter.
The judge agreed with Planned Parenthood that without his injunction, the group would suffer irreparable harm as its challenge to the new law makes its way through the courts. Planned Parenthood said without the funding, it would have to shut down its clinic in the western Kansas city of Hays.
The funding at issue targets low-income individuals It helps pay for reproductive health care services such as contraception, cancer screenings and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.
The state says the injunction isn't necessary, because other entities could provide the same services.
Last month, a federal judge in Kansas City, Kan., issued a temporary injunction against new licensing rules for abortion providers. The judge blocked enforcement of the rules until a lawsuit is resolved.