Kansas House To Debate 2 Abortion Measures
KSCB News - February 23, 2011 8:10 am
The Kansas House is preparing to debate a
pair of bills sought by abortion opponents on fetal pain and
The fetal pain bill on Wednesday’s calendar would give Kansas a
law similar to one enacted in Nebraska last year.
It would change the legal definition of when a fetus is viable,
or able to survive outside the womb, so that it’s tied to when the
fetus is likely to feel pain. Kansas law restrictions abortions
after the 21st week of pregnancy if the fetus if viable. Critics
say such legislation is based on faulty science.
The second bill requires a doctor performing an abortion on a
minor to obtain a parent’s consent. Kansas’ existing law requires
only that a parent be notified.