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Monday, April 04, 2011

More unnecessary abortion bills by the Kansas House

Kansas Lawmakers voted 97-26 to approve a bill with more restrictions on abortion. With virtually no opposition that pass whatever they want and that is just what they are doing.
Among the new restrictions, according to The Wichita Eagle;
  • require patients who undergo a chemically induced abortion to return to the clinic within 12 to 24 hours to receive additional treatment,
  • establishes licensing requirements for Kansas abortion clinics,
  • require at least two people, one a woman, to be in the room during a pelvic exam, or during the abortion procedure,
  • surgeons also must have admitting privileges at an accredited hospital within 30 miles of the clinic.
The licensing requirements are clearly designed to close down three clinics which now operate in Kansas. The new Republican House, Senate and Governor want to do all they can to close the clinics down. Women’s organizations are trying to fight these new laws but so far they have had a hard time. The organization Trust Women released this statement;

The legislatures in Kansas and Oklahoma have heard on measures that will prohibit abortions after 20 weeks.  This legislation cites that a fetus supposedly can feel pain after 20 weeks, and only in cases where the mother's life is in jeopardy will late-term abortions be allowed. The country's two most reputable medical organizations, the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, do not support the theory that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks.  Additionally, there are a number of reasons why families and their physicians decide why they decide a late-term abortion is necessary.  Each pregnancyis unique and a case by case situation.  It is completely outrageous for the legislatures to make decisions for women.  In the Kansas House, they voted and passed HB 2218, the pre-viability ban that would restrict abortions after 22 weeks, and HB 2035, which an omnibus anti-abortion bill that clearly violates privacy issues.  Governor Brownback needs to hear from you; please contact him and encourage him not to sign these bills.  

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