Archive for Wednesday, February 22, 2012

House panel delays vote on abortion bill

February 22, 2012

— A Kansas House committee has postponed its vote on a bill aimed at preventing the state from subsidizing abortions even indirectly through tax credits or deductions.

Chairman Steve Brunk said he canceled Monday’s meeting of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee to give members more time to draft possible amendments.

Brunk, a Bel Aire Republican, expects a vote next week. The committee approval would send the bill to the full House.

The bill also rewrites the state’s informed consent law, requiring doctors to provide certain information before terminating a woman’s pregnancy. It would require doctors to allow patients to hear a fetal heartbeat.

The measure also would prohibit schools from incorporating materials from groups that provide abortions into classes on human sexuality. transmitted diseases.

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