TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas legislators are preparing for final votes on a sweeping anti-abortion bill that could send it to Gov. Sam Brownback.
The Senate planned to vote first Thursday. The bill blocks tax breaks for abortion providers and outlaws abortions performed solely because of the baby’s gender.
If the Senate approves the measure as expected, the House will vote on it, possibly as early as Thursday night.
The bill also prohibits abortion providers from being involved in public school sex education classes and spells out in more detail what information doctors must provide to patients before performing abortions.
The measure declares that life begins “at fertilization.” Abortion opponents see the language as a statement of principle and not a ban on the procedure, though the bill’s critics are skeptical.