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Kan. Senate moves against sex-selection abortions

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm •  Published: February 19, 2013
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Abortion rights supporters didn't testify against the sex-selection ban when a Senate committee considered it, and their allies in the Senate emphasized during Tuesday's debate that they oppose such procedures.

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.

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The sex-selection abortion ban is contained in SB 141.

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

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