Instead, senators who support abortion rights questioned whether abortion providers would be adequately protected from false accusations of performing gender-selection abortions. Senators rejected two amendments to address the issue, one creating special penalties for people making false accusations and another requiring claims that a doctor knowingly performed a sex-selection abortion be supported by written documentation.
Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat, said abortion opponents seemed "reluctant" to protect abortion providers from false accusations.
"Is there some reason for that?" Kelly asked.
But Sen. Garrett Love, a Montezuma Republican who supports the bill, said the courts would vet such claims anyway.
"The providers' protection is the courts, the rule of law," Love said.
The sex-selection abortion ban is contained in SB 141.
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