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Brownback: Fetal Pain Bill Cutoff Could Be Lowered

A bill signed into law by Governor Sam Brownback will bar abortions after 21 weeks of development, but that could change. The legislation bans abortions after that time, saying that is when a fetus can feel pain. Brownback says in the future, the 21-week limit could be lowered by lawmakers.

The abortion ban does contain an exception for the health of the mother. Opponents of the fetal pain law have said there is not any scientific consensus on whether a fetus can feel pain at 22 weeks of development. The new law will take effect July 1st.

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