A Kansas abortion clinic that has been denied a state license has asked to join a federal lawsuit, hoping to overturn new state rules that could make the state the nation's first without an office or clinic terminating pregnancies.

Aid for Women, a clinic in Kansas City, Kan., filed a request Wednesday to intervene in a lawsuit filed by two doctors performing abortions at a separate office. The lawsuit is aimed at blocking a state licensing law and health department regulations that take effect Friday.

Kansas' third abortion provider, a Planned Parenthood affiliate, is waiting to hear whether it gets a license.

Supporters of the law say it protects patients from substandard care. Abortion-rights advocates contend that the department is unfairly rushing its regulations to stop providers from offering abortions.

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