From McClatchy DC: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/08/28/122336/kansas-resists-revealing-how-abortion.html
By Brad Cooper | McClatchy Newspapers
Sunday, August 28, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The state of Kansas is withholding details about how it developed new rules for abortion clinics.
Lawyers for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the attorney general want to prevent two abortion clinics from learning how the rules were written, and the rationale behind them, according to their court filings.
They are asking a judge to limit the scope of what is shared with the clinics' lawyers to prevent broad requests that don't lead to relevant evidence, the court documents say.
The state also has denied open-records requests from The Kansas City Star and The Associated Press, which asked for documents that could have shed light on the drafting of the rules.
"They're using every procedure available to prevent us from doing any discovery to find out the steps they took in enacting these regulations," said Bonnie Scott Jones, one of the lawyers for the abortion clinics.
Jones represents Herbert Hodes and his daughter, who run an obstetrics and gynecology clinic in Overland Park. They, along with a Kansas City, Kan., abortion clinic, challenged the new rules in federal court in June.