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Cost of Kansas’ war on abortion will rise

With the governor’s private signing of Senate Bill 95 on Tuesday, Kansas becomes the first state in the nation to ban a procedure opponents call “dismemberment abortion,” otherwise known as dilation and evacuation. Though some taxpayers would say money is no object in the fight against abortion, it’s worth noting that the new law is expected to cost the state $350,000 to $450,000 over the next two years to fight legal challenges and pursue civil and criminal actions. That will be on top of the nearly $1.2 million that the Attorney General’s Office has spent on outside legal help to defend anti-abortion laws enacted since January 2011, and despite the projected $600 million state budget shortfall for next fiscal year. – Rhonda Holman