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Kansas House Taking Final Vote On Anti-Abortion Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Monday, May 7, 2012

The Kansas House has approved a bill designed to prevent the state from subsidizing abortions even indirectly through tax breaks, but the measure's future in the Senate appears uncertain.

The bill was adopted by an 88-31 vote on Monday in the House. It would prohibit Kansas taxpayers from claiming abortion expenses under a deduction for medical costs when filing their income taxes.

It also would deny tax breaks to abortion providers, such as an exemption to the sales tax that nonprofit groups claim when purchasing goods. The measure also prohibits state employees from
performing abortions on state property or state time.

The House has a strong anti-abortion majority. Abortion opponents also appear to have a majority in the Senate, but that chamber hasn't reviewed the legislation.

The 88-31 vote Monday by which the Kansas
House passed a bill aimed at preventing the state from subsidizing
abortion even indirectly through tax deductions, credits and
exemptions.

Of the 92 Republicans, 78 voted "yes," 10 voted "no" and
four did not vote.

Of the 33 Democrats, 10 voted "yes," 21 voted "no" and two
did not vote.

REPUBLICANS VOTING YES(equals)
Steve Alford, Ulysses.
Tom Arpke, Salina.
Clay Aurand, Belleville.
Bob Bethell, Alden.
Rick Billinger, Goodland.
Benny Boman, Wichita.
Elaine Bowers, Concordia.
Robert Brookens, Marion.
Anthony Brown, Eudora.
Rob Bruchman, Overland Park.
Steve Brunk, Bel Aire.
Mike Burgess, Topeka.
Terry Calloway, Pittsburg.
Richard Carlson, St. Marys.
Ward Cassidy, St. Francis.
Dan Collins, Plainville.
David Crum, Augusta.
Peter DeGraaf, Mulvane.
Jim Denning, Overland Park.
Owen Donohoe, Shawnee.
James Fawcett, Junction City.
Randy Garber, Sabetha.
Mario Goico, Wichita.
Ramon Gonzalez, Perry.
Jana Goodman, Leavenworth.
John Grange, El Dorado.
TerriLois Gregory, Baldwin City.
Amanda Grosserode, Lenexa.
Gary Hayzlett, Lakin.
Dennis Hedke, Wichita.
Phil Hermanson, Wichita.
Brett Hildabrand, Merriam.
Kyle Hoffman, Coldwater.
Carl Dean Holmes, Liberal.
Mitch Holmes, St. John.
Jim Howell, Derby.
Steve Johnson, Assaria.
Kasha Kelley, Arkansas City.
Jim Kelly, Independence.
Dan Kerschen, Garden Plain.
Mike Kiegerl, Olathe.
Lance Kinzer, Olathe.
Marvin Kleeb, Overland Park.
Forrest Knox, Altoona.
Brenda Landwehr, Wichita.
Peggy Mast, Emporia.
Joe McLeland, Wichita.
Kelly Meigs, Lenexa.
Reynaldo Mesa, Garden City.
Bob Montgomery, Olathe.
Connie O'Brien, Tonganoxie.
Charlotte O'Hara, Overland Park.
Mike O'Neal, Hutchinson.
Leslie Osterman, Wichita.
Bill Otto, LeRoy.
Joe Patton, Topeka.
Virgil Peck, Tyro.
Tom Phillips, Manhattan.
Larry Powell, Garden City.
William Prescott, Osage City.
Richard Proehl, Parsons.
Marc Rhoades, Newton.
John Rubin, Shawnee.
Ronald Ryckman, Meade.
Joseph Scapa, Wichita.
Don Schroeder, Inman.
Sharon Schwartz, Washington.
Joe Seiwert, Pretty Prairie.
Clark Shultz, Lindsborg.
Arlen Siegfreid, Olathe.
Greg Smith, Overland Park.
Gene Suellentrop, Wichita.
Vern Swanson, Clay Center.
Caryn Tyson, Parker.
Jene Vickrey, Louisburg.
Brian Weber, Dodge City.
William Wolf, Great Bend.
Ron Worley, Lenexa.
REPUBLICANS VOTING NO(equals)
Barbara Bollier, Mission Hills.
Pat Colloton, Leawood.
Lana Gordon, Topeka.
Don Hineman, Dighton.
Tom Moxley, Council Grove.
JoAnn Pottorff, Wichita.
Charles Roth, Salina.
Tom Sloan, Lawrence.
Sheryl Spalding, Overland Park.
Kay Wolf, Prairie Village.
REPUBLICANS NOT VOTING(equals)
Don Hill, Emporia.
Steve Huebert, Valley Center.
Trent LeDoux, Holton.
Scott Schwab, Olathe.
DEMOCRATS VOTING YES(equals)
Bill Feuerborn, Garnett.
Doug Gatewood, Columbus.
Bob Grant, Cherokee.
Jerry Henry, Cummings.
Melanie Meier, Leavenworth.
Jan Pauls, Hutchinson.
Mike Peterson, Kansas City.
Eber Phelps, Hays.
Vince Wetta, Wellington.
Jerry Williams, Chanute.
DEMOCRATS VOTING NO(equals)
Barbara Ballard, Lawrence.
Tom Burroughs, Kansas City.
Sydney Carlin, Manhattan.
Paul Davis, Lawrence.
Nile Dillmore, Wichita.
Gail Finney, Wichita.
Geraldine Flaharty, Wichita.
Stan Frownfelter, Kansas City.
Sean Gatewood, Topeka.
Broderick Henderson, Kansas City.
Annie Kuether, Topeka.
Harold Lane, Topeka.
Judy Loganbill, Wichita.
Ann Mah, Topeka.
Louis Ruiz, Kansas City.
Mike Slattery, Mission.
Annie Tietze, Topeka.
Ed Trimmer, Winfield.
Ponka-We Victors, Wichita.
Jim Ward, Wichita.
Kathy Wolfe Moore, Kansas City.
DEMOCRATS NOT VOTING(equals)
Melody McCray-Miller, Wichita.
Valdenia Winn, Kansas City.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Kansas House expects to pass a bill designed to prevent the state from subsidizing abortions even indirectly through tax breaks, but the measure's future in the Senate appears uncertain.

The bill up for final action Monday in the House would prohibit Kansas taxpayers from claiming abortion expenses under a deduction for medical costs when filing their income taxes.

It also would deny tax breaks to abortion providers, such as an exemption to the sales tax that nonprofit groups claim when purchasing goods. The measure also prohibits state employees from performing abortions on state property or state time.

The House has a strong anti-abortion majority. Abortion opponents also appear to have a majority in the Senate, but that chamber hasn't reviewed the legislation.


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