House panel to vote on abortion law changes

Ultrasound (KSN File Photo)
Ultrasound (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House committee is preparing to vote on abortion legislation addressing legal issues raised in state and federal lawsuits filed by abortion providers.

But abortion opponents said the measure before the House Federal and State Affairs Committee on Tuesday morning is technical and makes only small changes in existing laws rather than setting new policy.

Planned Parenthood officially is neutral.

One part of the bill revises a requirement that the home pages of abortion providers’ websites link to a state health department site with information about pregnancy and fetal development. Providers would no longer have to say that the state’s information is accurate and objective.

The bill also revises language in various provisions of state law dealing with medical emergencies in which abortion restrictions are waived.

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