Kansas Passes Tough New Abortion Bill
Says life begins at fertilization; governor is expected to sign
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 6, 2013 1:28 PM CDT
Kansas Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, right, consults with his chief of staff, Peter Northcott, before the Senate vote on Friday.   (AP Photo/John Hanna)

(Newser) – Kansas legislators gave final passage to a sweeping anti-abortion measure last night, sending Gov. Sam Brownback a bill that declares life begins "at fertilization." It blocks tax breaks for abortion providers, bans abortions performed solely because of the baby's sex, 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. The Republican governor is a strong abortion opponent, and supporters of the measure expect him to sign it into law so that the new restrictions take effect July 1.

The measure's language that life begins "at fertilization" is creating concern among abortion rights advocates that the wording will inspire new attempts to prevent the procedure. Supporters of the measure said the language is no more than a statement of principle—similar to those found in several states, including neighboring Missouri. Still, it could underpin lawsuits by prospective parents or grandparents who want to block abortions or be cited by abortion opponents in pushing police to scrutinize clinics, says the president of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue. "For me, this is just delightful. It opens up so many avenues."

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Apr 8, 2013 2:43 AM CDT
bans abortions performed solely because of the baby's sex ok this is good. everything else is shit and I'm sorry women got to deal with it but I'm glad it keeps feminists busy. Reproductive rights for men really would bring some heavy cavalry into that battle but so far ...ehh.
Apr 7, 2013 2:34 PM CDT
I find it interesting how many of the comments here are just straight up hyperbole. Why doesn't a child, even a child in the womb, have just as much right to live as you or I do? I'm sorry that it's such an inconvenience to have to bear that child to term. I guess you shouldn't be sleeping around, or use common sense and contraception if you do. Once that 'mistake' has been made though, that 'mistake' has every right in the world to be born.
Apr 7, 2013 7:43 AM CDT
Republicans could demand a virginity test on every women who wants to get married? Every unmarried woman who isn't a virgin could be required to get a special photo ID is she want to vote. In the corner of the card they could put a red "A."