TOPEKA, Kan. (AP)--Abortion opponents in Kansas are trying to
follow Nebraska's lead in enacting a law to restrict abortions
based on when a fetus is likely to feel pain.
The bill is patterned after a Nebraska law and would restrict
abortions after 22 weeks, when supporters say a fetus is developed
enough to feel pain in the woman's womb.
Nebraska's law took effect Oct. 15 and outlaws abortion after 20
weeks of pregnancy.
The Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee opens
hearings Wednesday on the bill when it hears from supporters.
Opponents will testify on Thursday.
Critics of the bill say the measure ignores the mental and
physical health of women by preventing them from delivering a fetus
that's born with painful and terminal medical conditions.