Kansas Lawmakers Consider New Abortion Restrictions

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Abortion rights supporters in Kansas are bracing for new restrictions this year as a state House committee considers comprehensive anti-abortion legislation.

The Federal and State Affairs Committee had a hearing Wednesday on a bill that attempts to prevent the state from subsidizing abortions even indirectly through tax exemptions, deductions or credits. For example, a woman who had an abortion couldn't include the costs if she deducts her medical expenses on her income taxes.

The bill also strengthens provisions in Kansas law designed to keep medical students from performing abortions on the state's time. It revises a law requiring doctors to give women certain information before terminating their pregnancies, spelling out what must be provided in more detail.

The bill also contains a policy statement that life begins at conception.

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