For Immediate Release
August 29, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Public Comment Period for Abortion Facilities
Licensing Regulations Ends Sept. 7, Hearing Set

Topeka—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is scheduled to conduct a public hearing at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the SRS Learning Center, Rooms A and B, to consider adoption of new regulations pertaining to the licensing of abortion facilities. Written comments can be submitted now through close of business on Sept. 7.

The proposed regulations K.A.R. 28-34-126 and 28-34-127 and K.A.R. 28-34-129 through 28-34-144 incorporate the provisions of 2011 House Substitute for Senate Bill 36.

The written comment period began June 30 when the notice was published in the Kansas Register and ends at 5 p.m. on Sept. 7.  During this ongoing public comment period, interested parties may submit written comments to Mary Murphy, KDHE, Bureau of Child Care and Health Facilities, 1000 S.W. Jackson Street, Suite 200, Topeka, 66612-1274, by fax to (785) 296-0803, or by email to mmurphy@kdheks.gov.

During the public hearing on Sept. 7, interested parties will be given a reasonable opportunity to present their views orally on the proposed new regulations as well as an opportunity to submit their written comments. The SRS Learning Center is located at 2600 S.W. East Circle Drive South in Topeka.

Complete copies of the proposed regulations and the corresponding economic impact statement may be obtained on the department’s website at http://www.kdheks.gov/bhfr/index.html or by contacting Mary Murphy.

Any individual with a disability may request accommodation in order to participate in the Sept. 7 public hearing and may request the proposed regulations and economic impact statements in an accessible format. Requests for accommodation should be made at least five working days in advance of the hearing by contacting Mary Murphy.