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Kansas Senate Debates Ban on "Dismemberment" Abortion Procedure

Kansas Statehouse (File photo by J. Schafer)
Kansas Statehouse (File photo by J. Schafer)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill to ban a certain procedure used in 8 percent of the abortions in Kansas is up for debate in the state Senate. The measure on the Senate's calendar this (THUR) afternoon would outlaw the dilation and evacuation procedure and redefine it in state law as "dismemberment abortion." Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce says he expects senators to take a final vote on the bill Friday morning. Passage would send the measure to the House. Kansas already bans most abortions at the 22nd week of pregnancy, but the bill could prohibit some earlier abortions. Some abortion rights advocates say it could bar some first trimester procedures. The bill would prohibit using clamps, forceps or other similar instruments on a fetus so it can be removed from the womb in pieces.

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