The Kansas House is considering HB 2598, a 69-page, extreme anti-abortion bill that would force doctors to warn women that abortions cause breast cancer — even though scientific studies have disputed the claim — define a fetus as a human being, and require women to hear the fetal heartbeat prior to undergoing an abortion. In February, before a House committee approved the bill, a Planned Parenthood of Kansas official described it as “the largest and most sweeping overhaul we’ve seen to date.”
– EXPANDED ‘CONSCIENCE MEASURE: Earlier this week, the state Senateaproved a bill that offers additional legal protection to Kansas health care providers who refuse to participate in abortions. The House had already approved the measure, and it is likely that Gov. Sam Brownback (R) will sign it. But critics of the bill worry the “conscience” measure goes too far, and that it would allow pharmacists to refuse to dispense birth control “allow a doctor to refuse to provide chemotherapy to a pregnant cancer patient because it might end her pregnancy,” according to the Associated Press.
– PREVENTING LICENSES FOR PROVIDERS: Last year, the legislature approved licensing regulations that specifically targeted the state’s three abortion providers, potentially making Kansas the first state where a woman could not access abortion services. But when a judge temporarily blocked the regulations from going into effect, Brownback’s administration planned to enact the exact same regulations to skirt around the court’s ruling.
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[/FONT]DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD
[FONT=Calibri, 'Trebuchet MS', 'Lucida Sans', Arial, sans-serif]: Lawmakers signed off on a law last year to
[FONT=Calibri, 'Trebuchet MS', 'Lucida Sans', Arial, sans-serif] Planned Parenthood clinics in Kansas from receiving federal funds, endangering health care for at least 5,700 patients. A judge
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[FONT=Calibri, 'Trebuchet MS', 'Lucida Sans', Arial, sans-serif] hundreds of thousands continuing to defend the law.
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