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Erica Moses, 21, of Bethlehem, Pa., left, Rachel Graf Evans, 20, of Westtown Pa., and Hope Rehak, 21, of Chicago, take part in a rally in support of Planned Parenthood, Thursday, April 7, 2011, on the National Mall in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Monday over a provision in Kansas’ next state budget that prevents the organization from receiving federal funding for family planning services, marking the first of what could be several legal challenges to policies successfully pushed by abortion opponents.

The lawsuit comes as Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri awaits word from the state about whether it will receive a license to continue performing abortions in Kansas after Friday. Its clinic was inspected last week under a separate state law that recently set up a special licensing process for abortion providers, and one of Kansas’ three providers has already been denied a license.

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