The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a wide-ranging abortion bill. It would block tax breaks for abortion providers and bar public schools from using sex education instruction from abortion providers. Olathe Republican Lance Kinzer says blocking the tax deductions sends a message to Kansans.
The bill would also require physicians to give a women seeking an abortion information saying there’s a link between abortion and breast cancer. Representative Barbara Bollier (BOWL-yay), a Republican from Mission Hills, offered an amendment to eliminate that part of the bill. She says there isn’t a proven link.
Her amendment failed. The legislation also says that life begins at conception. Abortion-rights advocates consider the bill the biggest threat in Kansas this year to access to abortion services. Supporters contend it shows the state's commitment to protecting life.