Kansas Senate Passes Anti-Abortion Bill Defining Life as Beginning at Fertilization - KansasCity.com
In addition, the bill:
• Prohibits paid agents or volunteers connected to abortion providers - including Planned Parenthood - from providing any information on human sexuality to students in public schools.
• Requires clinics that perform abortions to provide women with detailed information on gestational development.
• Requires abortion providers to provide patients with a directory of anti-abortion alternative programs.
Supporters say the primary focus of the bill is to prevent abortion opponents from having to provide even the most indirect support of abortion through their taxes.
It would restrict women from claiming any medical or insurance costs related to abortion services as a deduction on state income taxes. It also prohibits any state funding, tax credits or other benefits from going to any medical practice or facility that allows abortions to be performed.
Democrats’ amendments led to an unusually heated floor debate.
Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, accused conservative Republicans of pushing “narrow Taliban-like philosophies on our state’s persons.”
Haley, a former Republican, said the party’s focus on interfering in people’s private lives were a big reason he switched parties.