UPDATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013
A sweeping anti-abortion bill is headed to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.
The House gave final approval Friday to the measure, which blocks tax breaks for abortion providers and outlaws abortions performed solely because of the baby's sex.
The measure also declares that life begins "at fertilization," language that abortion opponents call a statement of principle and not an outright ban on abortion, though the bill's opponents are skeptical.
Brownback is likely to sign the bill into law.
Abortion opponents argue the bill lessens the state's entanglement with terminating pregnancies. Abortion-rights advocates say it threatens access to abortion services.
The bill also prohibits abortion providers from being involved in public school sex education classes and spells out in greater detail what information doctors must provide to patients before performing abortions.
Friday, April 5, 2013
The Kansas Senate has approved a sweeping anti-abortion bill that blocks tax breaks for providers and outlaws abortions solely because of the baby's sex.
The vote was 28-10 Friday on a compromise version of the bill reconciling differences with the House, where passage would send the bill to Gov. Sam Brownback.
The House could vote later Friday. Supporters expect the Republican governor to sign the bill.
The measure also declares that life begins "at fertilization."
Abortion opponents see that language as a statement of principle, but some critics worry it could have practical implications.
The bill prohibits abortion providers from being involved in public school sex education classes and spells out in more detail what information doctors must provide to patients seeking abortions.