Votes delayed on sweeping Kansas anti-abortion bill

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — Kansas legislators have delayed their final votes on a sweeping anti-abortion bill that blocks tax breaks for providers and outlaws abortions solely because of the baby’s sex.

The Senate and House had hoped to vote on the measure Thursday and send it to Gov. Sam Brownback. However, other business prevented them from getting to the bill.

Both chambers hope to vote Friday. The final version reconciles differences between the House and Senate.

The bill 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 seeking abortions.

The measure declares that life begins “at fertilization.” Abortion opponents see the language as a statement of principle, but critics worry it could have practical implications.

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