Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Kansas House has retained language in an anti-abortion bill directing doctors to provide information to women about a disputed potential link between abortion and breast cancer before terminating their pregnancies.
The House voted 71-50 against an amendment offered by Mission Hills Republican Barbara Bollier. She wanted to revise a provision spelling out in greater detail what information doctors are required to provide to women before an abortion.
Under the bill, doctors would have to provide objective information about the potential risks associated with abortion, including breast cancer.
Scientists convened by the National Cancer Institute in 2003 concluded abortion did not raise the risk of breast cancer. Abortion opponents see a potential tie because of evidence that carrying a fetus to term can lessen the risk of breast cancer.