Kansas Senate Advances Big Anti-Abortion Measure

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill restricting abortion providers after rejecting language designed to protect women's access to birth control.

The measure advancing Monday on a voice vote blocks tax breaks for abortion providers and bars them from participating in public schools' sex education classes. It spells out in greater detail what information doctors must provide to women before performing abortions.

The vote moves the bill to final Senate action Tuesday. The House passed the bill last month, but senators made technical changes that House members would have to review.

The bill doesn't ban birth control, but Kansas City Democrat David Haley wanted to add extra language protecting access to it anyway. Senators voted 27-8 against his proposal, with some deriding it as political.