TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas House has approved a bill aimed at allowing the state to enforce a ban on what critics call “webcam” abortions.
The chamber voted 109-2 to pass the bill Saturday. It makes technical changes in a provision in a 2011 law enacting health and safety regulations specifically for abortion providers. The state hasn’t been able to enforce the law because two providers filed a lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court against it.
The measure modifies a provision of the law requiring a doctor who provides an abortion-inducing drug to be in the same room when a patient takes it. It creates an exception for medical emergencies.
The Senate passed the measure unanimously last week and it now goes to Gov. Sam Brownback.