Kansas House Gives Final OK to Bill Limiting Late-Term Abortions, Senate to Vote
by Steven Ertelt
April 2, 2009
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — The Kansas state House has given its final approval to a bill that would place more limits on late-term abortions. The late-term abortion bill requires abortion practitioners to provide the state health department with detailed information about why the abortion was done.
Abortion advocates who opposed the measure offered two amendments to weaken it; one was defeated on a 79 to 44 vote and the other died 85 to 35.
The bill now goes to the state Senate for a final vote that could take place as early as today.
Kathy Ostrowski, the legislative director for Kansans for Life, told LifeNews.com that her group is happy the bill is moving forward.
"KFL applauds this bill which will end late-term phony reporting and partial birth abortions done for ‘mental health’ reasons," she said.
The approval of the bill comes on the heels of a jury acquitting late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller of charges the state attorney filed against him for allegedly violating another late-term abortion law requiring a second, independent physician to sign off on the validity of the abortions.
Hours after the verdict, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, the agency that monitors doctors in the state, announced that it is considering taking action against Tiller’s medical license.
Ostrowski, said that the Senate needs to move on the bill.
"The Senate needs to act quickly to ensure this bill becomes law, especially with the revelations last week that the state medical board has stated George Tiller has performed illegal post-viability abortions on minors and continues to get such abortions rubber-stamped by an affiliated abortionist," she said.
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