Kansas Senate keeps cancer language in abortion bill

Kansas Statehouse

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — The Kansas Senate has retained language in an anti-abortion bill directing doctors to provide information to women before terminating their pregnancies about a disputed potential link between abortion and breast cancer.

Senators on Monday voted 28-10 against an amendment from Kansas City Democrat Pat Pettey. She wanted to rewrite a provision detailing what information doctors must provide to women before an abortion.

Under the bill, doctors would have to inform women about potential risks associated with abortion, including breast cancer. Pettey’s amendment would have struck the reference to breast cancer.

Scientists convened by the National Cancer Institute in 2003 concluded abortion did not raise the risk of breast cancer. Abortion opponents see a tie because of evidence that carrying a fetus to term can lessen the risk of breast cancer.

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