Kansas Senate rejects rape exception on abortion

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – The Kansas Senate has rejected a proposal to add an exception for pregnancies resulting from rape and incest from the state’s restrictions on abortion.

The proposal from Democratic Sen. David Haley, of Kansas City, was defeated Monday on a 28-9 vote as the chamber debated an anti-abortion bill.

Kansas bans most abortions starting with the 22nd week of pregnancy. Haley’s amendment would have added an exception for rape and incest victims.

It would also have added the same exception to other laws, such as one restricting private health insurance coverage for elective abortions.

The underlying bill would block tax breaks for abortion providers and bar their participation in public school sex education classes. It already has passed the House, and abortion opponents expected the Senate to give i

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