Kansas Senate Approves New Anti-Abortion Bill

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Anti-abortion legislators have passed a bill designed to strengthen enforcement of Kansas' restrictions on late-term abortions.

The Senate approved it on a 25-11 vote Friday, only hours after the House approved it 82-43. The measure goes next to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

The bill would require doctors performing late-term abortions to give detailed medical reasons for them in reports to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Also, if a woman or girl comes to believe her late-term abortion was illegal, she, her husband or parents could sue the doctor for damages.

The measure arises from disputes involving Dr. George Tiller, whose Wichita clinic is one of the few in the U.S. that performs late-term abortions.

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