The Kansas state house passed a bill on Tuesday that would deny tax breaks to abortion providers, prohibit providers from participating in sex education programs, and require doctors providing abortions to inform patients they have an increased risk of breast cancer, an unproven correlation within the medical field.
The language of the legislation states that human life begins "at fertilization" and that "unborn children have interests in life, health and well-being that should be protected." In addition, an amendment by Rep John Wilson (D) that would provide exceptions for victims of rape or incest was defeated in a vote of 31 to 90.
It is anticipated that the senate will also pass the bill and Kansas Governor, Sam Brownback (R) has said he will sign any anti-abortion bill he receives.
Media Resources: Huffington Post 3/19/13; The San Francisco Chronicle 3/19/13; The Kansas City Star 3/20/13
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