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
7/24/2014 From Passion to Progress Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists - Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) staff, two congresswomen, and over a hundred DC interns came together yesterday for FMF's Intern Student/Activist briefing in Dirksen Senate building to discuss how to put a women's rights agenda into action.
Over plates of donuts and cups coffee, participants listened to a succession of engaging and passionate speeches from congressional and feminist leaders: Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and FMF President Eleanor Smeal. . . .