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Kansas House Committee Approves Proposal for Ban on Abortion Procedure

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House committee has approved a proposed ban on a procedure described by abortion opponents as dismembering a fetus. But the Federal and State Affairs Committee's voice vote Wednesday to advance the measure came after abortion rights supporters on the panel forced anti-abortion lawmakers to vote down a broader proposal.The alternative would have banned most abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected early in pregnancy.The bill advanced by the committee outlaws the dilation and evacuation procedure and prohibit doctors from using forceps or similar instruments on a fetus to remove it from the womb in pieces.The National Right to Life Committee drafted the measure as model legislation for states. It and some anti-abortion groups want to avoid broader measures that might not withstand court scrutiny.

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