KS Legislature Negotiating on Anti-Choice Law

Members of the Kansas state House and state Senate met yesterday to negotiate on a law that would restrict some access to late abortion in the state. According to the Associated Press, the bill will likely include a provision allowing women or their families to sue doctors if they can present evidence that their late abortion was illegal. The bill would also require doctors to report the exact medical reason for abortions past 21 weeks. The negotiators, three from each body, also met on Monday with no conclusive results. They intend to release a final draft of the bill to the state legislature sometime next week. Governor Mark Parkinson (D) is expected to veto the bill, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. State Republicans are seeking to craft a bill that will garner a veto-proof majority in both houses. The bill is one of a number anti-choice abortion bills under consideration in the Kansas legislature. Earlier this week, the state House passed a bill on an 89 to 33 vote that would remove mental illness or psychological distress from the legal justifications for late abortions in the state, reported the Kansas City Star.


Associated Press 3/25/10; Topeka Capital-Journal 3/22/10; Kansas City Star 3/23/10

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