Kansas activists push to ban abortion procedure

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Anti-abortion activists are pushing to ban a procedure used in about 8 percent of Kansas abortions.

The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee will hold an informational hearing Monday on a bill that would ban the procedure known as dilation and evacuation. Anti-abortion activists describe it as dismembering a fetus. Kansas already bans most abortions at or after the 22nd week of pregnancy. This new measure would prevent some pregnancies from being terminated earlier.

The National Right to Life Committee drafted the bill and said could be considered in other states.

Doctors convicted of performing the procedure would be charged with a misdemeanor on the first offense and a felony on the second.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has said that he would sign the bill if it passed.


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