Kansas abortion clinic gets license after meeting new rules

The Kansas health department now says that one of its three abortion providers will receive a license to continue performing abortions.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment did not name the provider Thursday. But Planned Parenthood officials said that state inspectors returned to its Kansas City area clinic for a second visit Thursday after denying it a license previously.

Planned Parenthood later released a statement saying that while they still found the regulations burdensome, they continue to operate with high standards of care.

“Today, health facility surveyors from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment found Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (CHPPKM) in full compliance with the abortion facility license regulations," said Planed Parenthood. "CHPPKM was granted a license and will remain in operation."

The state's two other clinics have not been inspected for licensing under a new law taking effect Friday, along with health regulations for the providers. If none of the clinics were to receive a license, Kansas would become the first state in the country without an abortion provider.