TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Senate has approved a bill aimed at allowing the state to enforce a ban on what critics call “webcam” abortions.
The Senate’s 39-0 vote sends the measure to the House.
The bill makes technical changes in a provision in a 2011 law enacting health and safety regulations specifically for abortion providers. The state hasn’t been able to enforce the law because two providers filed a lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court against it.
The measure addresses legal issues in the lawsuit. There has been no opposition to the bill.
The measure modifies a provision of the law requiring a doctor who provides an abortion-inducing drug to be in the same room when a patient takes it. Among other things, the bill creates an exception for medical emergencies.
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