UPDATE: Kansas Senate Approves Big Anti-Abortion Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Kansas Senate has approved new restrictions on abortion providers, moving the most sweeping anti-abortion legislation in the state this year close to final passage.

The vote Tuesday was 29-11 on a bill blocking tax breaks for abortion providers and prohibiting them from furnishing materials or instructors for sex education classes in public schools.

The measure also spells out in greater detail what information doctors must provide to patients before performing abortions, including information about a disputed potential link between abortion and breast cancer.

The House approved the legislation last month.

Senators made technical changes, and House members must examine them before the measure can go to Gov. Sam Brownback. But supporters expect the House's review to be a formality.

The Republican governor is a strong abortion opponent.

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Abortion opponents have shown they have a supermajority in the Kansas Senate as a vote approaches on new restrictions for providers.

Senators planned to take final action Tuesday on a bill blocking tax breaks for abortion providers and prohibiting them from furnishing materials or instructors for sex education classes in public schools.

During a debate on the measure Monday, anti-abortion senators repeatedly defeated amendments offered by senators who support abortion rights.

Abortion opponents consistently had at least 27 votes, a two-thirds majority in the 40-member Senate.

The House approved the measure last month, but senators made technical changes that House members would have to review before the bill could go to Gov. Sam Brownback. The Republican is a strong abortion opponent.


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