Kansas Senate panel approves bill to ban abortion method

Julie Burkhart, CEO of the Trust Women Foundation abortion-rights group, speaks during a Kansas Senate committee hearing against a bill banning a procedure used in 8 percent of the abortions performed in Kansas, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Burkhart says the measure would be challenged in court if enacted. (AP Photo/Nicholas Clayton)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Senate committee has approved a proposed ban on a procedure used in 8 percent of the abortions performed in the state.

The Public Health and Welfare Committee’s voice vote Thursday sends the measure to the Senate for debate. The bill was drafted by abortion opponents who describe the targeted procedure as dismembering a fetus.

The bill would prohibit a procedure known as dilation and evacuation and designate it in state law as a “dismemberment abortion.” Doctors would not be allowed to use forceps, clamps or other similar instruments to cut up a fetus and remove it from the womb in pieces.

Abortion rights advocates say the procedure is sometimes the safest way to terminate a pregnancy and also is sometimes used during the first trimester.

 

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