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Sweeping anti-abortion bill goes to Kansas gov.

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Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Statehouse, in Topeka, Kan.

By JOHN HANNAThe Associated PressTOPEKA, Kan. —

Kansas legislators gave final passage to a sweeping anti-abortion measure Friday night, sending Gov. Sam Brownback a bill that declares life begins "at fertilization" while blocking tax breaks for abortion providers and banning abortions performed solely because of the baby's sex.The House voted 90-30 for a compromise version of the bill reconciling differences between the two chambers, only hours after the Senate approved it, 28-10. The Republican governor is a strong abortion opponent, and supporters of the measure expect him to sign it into law so that the new restrictions take effect July 1.In addition to the bans on tax breaks and sex-selection abortions, the bill prohibits abortion providers from being involved in public school sex education classes and spells out in more detail what information doctors must provide to patients seeking abortions.The measure's language that life begins "at fertilization" had some abortion-rights supporters worrying that it could be used to legally harass providers. Abortion opponents call it a statement of principle and not an outright ban on terminating pregnancies."The human is a magnificent piece of work at all stages of development, wondrous in every regard, from the microscopic until full development," said Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, a Leavenworth Republican who supported the bill.Abortion opponents argue the full measure lessens the state's entanglement with terminating pregnancies, but abortion-rights advocates say it threatens access to abortion services.The declaration that life begins at fertilization is embodied in "personhood" measures in other states. Such measures are aimed at revising their constitutions to ban all abortions, and none have been enacted, though North Dakota voters will have one on the ballot in 2014.But Kansas lawmakers aren't trying to change the state constitution, and the measure notes that any rights suggested by the language are limited by decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. It declared in its historic Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that women have a right to obtain abortions in some circumstances, and has upheld that decision while allowing increasing restrictions by states.Thirteen states, including Missouri, have such language in their laws, according to the National Right to Life Committee.Sen. David Haley, a Kansas Democrat who opposed the bill, zeroed in on the statement, saying that supporters of the bill were pursuing a "Taliban-esque" course of letting religious views dictate policy limiting women's ability to make decisions about health care and whether they'll have children.And in the House, Rep. John Wilson, a Lawrence Democrat, complained that the bill was "about politics, not medicine.""It's the very definition of government intrusion in a woman's personal medical decisions," he said.Brownback has signed multiple anti-abortion measures into law, and the number of pregnancies terminated in the state has declined 11 percent since he took office in January 2011.The governor said he still has to review this year's bill thoroughly but added, "I am pro-life."This year's legislation is less restrictive than a new North Dakota law that bans abortions as early as the sixth week of pregnancy and a new Arkansas law prohibiting most abortions after the 12th week. But many abortion opponents still see it as a significant step."There is a clear statement from Kansas with respect to the judgment on the inherent value of human life," said Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee Chairwoman Mary Pilcher-Cook, a Shawnee Republican and leading advocate for the measure.The bill passed despite any solid data on how many sex-selection abortions are performed in Kansas. A 2008 study by two Columbia University economists suggested the practice of aborting female fetuses — widespread in some nations where parents traditionally prefer sons — is done in the U.S. on a limited basis.But legislators on both sides of the issue said the practice should be banned, however frequent it is.The bill also would require physicians to give women information that addresses breast cancer as a potential risk of abortion. Advocates on both sides acknowledge there's medical evidence that carrying a fetus to term can lower a woman's risk for breast cancer, but doctors convened by the National Cancer Institute a decade ago concluded that abortion does not raise the risk for developing the disease.The provisions dealing with tax breaks are designed to prevent the state from subsidizing abortions, even indirectly. For example, health care providers don't have the pay the state sales tax on items they purchase, but the bill would deny that break to abortion providers. Also, a woman could not include abortion costs if she deducts medical expenses on her income taxes."Every taxpayer will be able to know with certainty that their money is not being used for abortion," Pilcher-Cook said.But Jordan Goldberg, state advocacy counsel for the New York City-based Center for Reproductive Rights, called the tax provisions "appalling and discriminatory.""It's probably, if not definitely unconstitutional, and it's incredibly mean-spirited," she said.
___The anti-abortion legislation is HB 2253.___Associated Press Writer Maria Fisher in Kansas City, Mo., also contributed to this report. Follow John Hanna on Twitter at www.twitter.com/apjdhanna
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blondekosmic15
by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 2:05 AM

 

Quoting Tay06:

I really wish everyone who is anti-abortion would just not get abortions themselves and leave the rest of us the Hell alone.  The US is supposed to be the land of the free and yet the government is slowly but surely taking away our rights.  It understand not agreeing with abortion after 12-14 weeks because the fetus gets nerves and can feel by then, but before that, it's an embryo with no nerves.  It's the same thing as a bug or a parasite that cannot feel or live without a host.  It's not a baby.  The person it is living off of is more important than it is at that time.  Let the host have the decision whether it wants the parasite to become a human being, especially if the host was raped.  

I have been a prolife advocate for more than 30 yrs. I believe abortion is murder. Science and religion coincide, life begins @ conception. I have researched abortion for yrs, talked to Drs & experts, attended conferences, listened to many women post abortion situations. The fact you refer to an unborn child as a parasite reveals your lack of understanding concerning the sanctity of human life. Your comments reflect the talking points of PP and those who advocate for abortion, the deliberate destruction of human life. When I was 20 y/o I was choked, beaten up & sexually molested by 2 men. If I would have become pregnant I would not have killed the innocent baby. The unborn child does NOT deserve to pay for the evil deed of the father. Abortion is the ultimate child abuse~

Mrmomz
by on Apr. 19, 2013 at 2:16 AM
Abortion is murder plain and simple the only choice that matters is are you going to e a good woman or a evil woman that's it... And these lawmakers aren't forcing anyone into the hands of butchers it's the woman's choice right right...they should be treated no different from murderers In jail you knew the risk you wen threw with it now suffer the consequences of your actions I'm no religious not but some things are clearly wrong and you shouldn't need the gov or law to get envolved to know the difference
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Mrmomz
by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 1:56 PM
It makes me sad when women think having a baby is a choice having sex is a choice who you sleep with is a choice where you do it is a choice a child is the product of choice.. The choices where made before they found out they where pregnant.. It's like the more civil a civilization is the less they are about the things that are important like life.. We need a caring world not a world that condone killing babies.. No one will ever convience me that is right.. Most woman and some males have been brainwashed by politicians and the powers that be that are only conceded with population control they aren't the ones that make killing babies a option won't be the ones paying for that in the end..so much media yelling its a choice it's your body somewhere it started to stick.. And it amazes me people really think it's ok


Quoting AdrianneHill:

It makes me sad that women are seen as so stupid and selfish that they don't deserve a choice.

I'm waiting for a time when men aren't allowed to whack off because it's the waste of half a potential most precious baby.

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AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM
It amazes me you think abortion is new or the product of modern times. It is as ancient as pregnancy. A woman wasn't even considered pregnant until the quickening so it wasn't even seen as a baby. Not even in the biblical times that people are using as a basis for modern morality.
I would love to see a world without abortion but the world isn't a perfect place. Some abortions are medically necessary for the health and welfare of the mother. Babies shouldn't be a punishment. I don't see it as even the possibility of murder until the baby is viable. You won't convince me otherwise. I am more important than a fetus period. I can live without the fetus but the fetus can't live without me. No one can do a transplant and carry it for me. I own all of the risks so I get to make the decisions. You may feel differently and that is why Choice is a wonderful thing.
A woman can choose to die to possibly carry a baby to term. No one forces a woman to abort even if everyone knows that the pregnancy will kill her. Is it murder when the mother dies in childbirth? Sometimes the only choices available are unpleasant and that's why the only person allowed to make those choices are those who carrying the babies. If god will judge them when it's all said and done, why do you feel the need to be all up in it?


Quoting Mrmomz:

It makes me sad when women think having a baby is a choice having sex is a choice who you sleep with is a choice where you do it is a choice a child is the product of choice.. The choices where made before they found out they where pregnant.. It's like the more civil a civilization is the less they are about the things that are important like life.. We need a caring world not a world that condone killing babies.. No one will ever convience me that is right.. Most woman and some males have been brainwashed by politicians and the powers that be that are only conceded with population control they aren't the ones that make killing babies a option won't be the ones paying for that in the end..so much media yelling its a choice it's your body somewhere it started to stick.. And it amazes me people really think it's ok




Quoting AdrianneHill:

It makes me sad that women are seen as so stupid and selfish that they don't deserve a choice.


I'm waiting for a time when men aren't allowed to whack off because it's the waste of half a potential most precious baby.

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