Kansas House Panel Takes Up Bill Restricting Certain Type of Abortion
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislative committee plans next week to review a proposed ban on an abortion procedure targeted by a national group and described as dismembering a fetus. Chairman Steve Brunk said the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee will have a hearing Monday on a bill imposing the ban. The measure passed the Senate last month. The bill outlaws the dilation and evacuation procedure and redefines it as "dismemberment abortion." Doctors could not use clamps, forceps or similar instruments on a fetus to remove it from the womb in pieces. Abortion rights supporters say it's sometimes the safest procedure for a woman who wishes to terminate her pregnancy. The National Right to Life Committee drafted the measure as model legislation for states. The procedure is used in about 8 percent of Kansas abortions.