Analysis: Kansas abortion foes’ wins create dilemma

Kansas Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, right, a Hutchinson Republican, consults his chief of staff, Peter Northcott, left, before the Senate takes up anti-abortion legislation, Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Bruce supports the bill, which blocks tax breaks for abortion providers and imposes other restrictions. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kansas (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.


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