Kansas Legislator Issues Comprehensive Bill on Late-term Abortions, Teens

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 31, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 31,
2008

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Rep. Lance Kinzer has filed a new bill in the Kansas legislature that would provide for better enforcement of the late-term abortion laws there. Kansas has been a hotbed of controversy with a Planned Parenthood center and a late-term abortion practitioner charged with violating the laws, and state officials accused of not holding them accountable.

Kinzer, a Republican legislator, filed the bill Thursday along with a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

"A very good and limited late-term abortion law in the state of Kansas is not being followed and enforced," he said during a press conference.

Kinzer said it covers 17 areas of abortion law meant to limit the number of abortions, give women more information and protect teenagers.

The measure also includes the Teen Protection Act, which the Kansas House approved in 2006 on a bipartisan vote. It goes after people who sexually abuse teenagers and take them for abortions to cover up their crimes.

As a result, the bill makes judges in parental notice bypass hearings become mandatory abuse reporters.

The measure also requires abortion businesses to check IDs of minors and companions, report child sexual abuse to state officials, report incest to law enforcement, and notify the custodial parent of a pregnant minor’s intended abortion.

Kinzer’s bill also includes a provision requiring abortion practitioners to allow women an opportunity to see an ultrasound of their unborn child — something frequently left out of pre-abortion counseling sessions.

Kansans for Life, a leading statewide pro-life group, told LifeNews.com it strongly supports the measure.

"Passage of this bill is our number one priority," KFL legislative director Kathy Ostrowski said.

She said the bill "targets abortion fraud and coercion, and is so reasonable, constitutional and well thought-out that anyone short of a for-profit abortionist could support it."

ProKanDo, a pro-abortion group, says it plans to oppose the legislation.