Kansas House committee passes bill that restricts abortions after 22 weeks

Kansas State representatives today passed a bill that would restrict abortions after 22 weeks on the premise that fetuses experience pain at that stage of development. The bill makes an exception in cases where the life of the mother is at risk or if continuing the pregnancy would result in impairment of one of her major bodily functions.

Rep. Judy Loganbill, D-Wichita, tried to amend the bill to also include exceptions for fetal anomalies — cases in which there is something seriously wrong with the fetus — but her effort failed to gain much support.

“I don’t think we want to go down the path of targeting handicapped children,” Rep. Joe Patton, R-Topeka, said.

Rep. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, said he also didn’t want the state to be in the business of determining which birth defects warrant an abortion.

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