TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW/AP) — Abortion opponents Kansans for Life want Kansas lawmakers to ban a procedure they say accounts for about 8 percent of all abortions in the state.
Kansans for Life and state Sen. Garrett Love, a Montezuma Republican, on Wednesday announced a measure crafted by the National Right to Life Committee that would ban abortions using what they called the "dismemberment" method.
Kansans for Life lobbyist Jeanne Gawdun says 578 abortions were performed in the state in 2013 using a "dilation and extraction" procedure that she says is common for second-trimester abortions.
Jessie Basgall, Legal Council for KFL called this a "Particularly brutal act" that would be ended with the passing of the "The Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act"
The Legislature passed a measure in 2011 that banned abortions in the state after the 21st week.
Planned Parenthood quickly responded, expressing its opposition to the new bill. They said the new legislation shows that legislators are out of touch with the health care needs of women and pointed out that Kansas already has the most abortion restrictions in the country, according to a study by the Center for Reproductive Rights.
“Kansas women are smart enough to make their own decisions about their families and lives,” said Laura McQuade, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. “They don’t need more legislation intended to judge, coerce and restrict their decisions.
"Planned Parenthood will expose this legislation for what it is: an intrusive, insulting measure that does nothing to improve the quality of women’s lives or health care," she continued.