Kansas House Rejects Abortion Exception For Rape

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Kansas House has rejected a proposal to make an exception to limits on late-term abortions for pregnancies resulting from rape, incest or sexual abuse of a child.

House members voted 90-31 on Tuesday against an amendment to a sweeping anti-abortion bill offered by Lawrence Democrat John Wilson. He wanted to revise a state law that bans abortions starting with the 22nd week of pregnancy unless they're necessary to save a woman's life or prevent major, irreversible harm to her health.

Wilson said the state should clearly protect the right to an abortion in cases of rape, incest or crimes against children.

Abortion opponents noted that Kansas law allows abortions for any reason before the 22nd week.

House members expected to vote on giving the bill first-round approval Tuesday.

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