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Abortion foes begin push for new Kansas laws

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm •  Published: February 11, 2013
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Kansans for Life cited the study in its testimony on the bill, quoting the study's conclusion that the numbers are "evidence of sex selection, most likely at the prenatal stage."

But Elise Higgins, a lobbyist for the Kansas chapter of the National Organization for Women, called a ban on sex-selection abortions "nearly impossible to enforce" and said abortion rights supporters didn't testify against it partly because they view other measures as more serious threats to reproductive health care access.

"The stated aim of this legislation is to ban sex-selective abortions, but its effects will only be to limit women's decision making capabilities and criminalize health providers," NOW said in a statement.

Since Brownback became governor in January 2011, Kansas has restricted private health insurance coverage for abortions, tightened limits on late-term abortions and strengthened requirements for doctors to notify a parent or guardian when a minor seeks an abortion.

The state also has imposed health and safety regulations specifically for abortion clinics, though a lawsuit has prevented their enforcement.

This year, Kansans for Life wants to strengthen the state's "informed consent" law directing physicians to give patients certain information before performing an abortion and to ensure that taxpayer dollars aren't used to finance abortions even indirectly through tax credits or exemptions.

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Sex-selection abortion ban is SB 141. Informed consent, taxpayer funding measures are contained in HB 2253.

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Kansas Legislature: http://www.kslegislature.org

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