Kansas Senate President Steve Morris (R) effectively killed an anti-abortion bill by sending it back to a Senate committee that is unlikely to bring it up for a vote before the legislative session ends today. “It is prudent for the Senate to have more time to consider the proposal,” he said.
In a last-ditch effort, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lance Kinzer (R) said the bill’s supporters are trying to pull the bill from committee onto the floor, but they would need 24 votes in the 40-member Senate and it is unclear if they would succeed.
The far-reaching legislation, which the House had passed and governor had promised to sign, would have defined a fetus as a human being, required women to hear the fetal heartbeat prior to undergoing an abortion, forced doctors to warn women that abortions cause breast cancer — even though scientific studies have disputed the claim. Morris said he was concerned about a provision in the 69-page bill that would have affected the accreditation of the University of Kansas Medical Center because it would have banned state employees, including residents who need the training, from performing abortions.