Kansas Senate approves technical abortion bill

Topeka Statehouse (AP Photo/John Milburn)
Topeka Statehouse (AP Photo/John Milburn)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Senate has approved abortion legislation addressing legal issues raised in state and federal lawsuits filed by abortion providers.

The 33-7 vote Wednesday sends the measure to the House. Supporters hope the measure can clear the Legislature this week and go to Gov. Sam Brownback.

Abortion opponents have said the bill makes minor changes in existing laws rather than setting new policy. Planned Parenthood officially is neutral on it.

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 measure also revises language in Kansas laws on medical emergencies in which abortion restrictions are waived.

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