Analysis: Kan. abortion foes’ wins create dilemma

Kansas Flag (KSN Photo)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has enacted a wave of stricter abortion laws in recent years, but those successes now have abortion opponents reconsidering their tactics.

Some abortion foes want to pursue measures to ban most abortions as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. Others support amending the state constitution to declare that it protects the rights of individual starting at fertilization.

Legislators have been encouraged to pursue less dramatic changes by Kansans for Life, the most influential anti-abortion group at the Statehouse. It argues that such an approach is more effective than enacting headline-grabbing measures that will be challenged in court.

But with last week’s approval of another annual round of anti-abortion legislation, some abortion opponents wonder whether the pursuit of incremental changes has run its course. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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