Ultrasounds, surrogacy on Kan. committee’s agenda

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — A Kansas legislative committee has commemorated an abortion-related anniversary with a live demonstration of ultrasound tests on two pregnant women and by agreeing to sponsor a bill restricting surrogate parenting.

The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee’s activities Wednesday came on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decision legalizing abortion across the state. Chairwoman Mary Pilcher-Cook is a strong abortion opponent.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Pilcher-Cook is pursuing the proposal to restrict surrogate parenting and said the measure will mirror a law in the District of Columbia banning surrogacy contracts.

But Pilcher-Cook created a bigger buzz by arranging a demonstration of ultrasound technology and having two pregnant women undergo the tests. The women were behind a blue screen, while a large television monitor displayed the results.


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