The Kansas state Senate on Monday advanced an tough anti-abortion bill that would define life as beginning at fertilization, strip Planned Parenthood's role in sex education and force women to be told about a dubious connection between abortion an breast cancer.
The state House has already passed the measure and the full Senate is expected to take it up on Tuesday. According to The Kansas City Star, Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has already said he would sign all anti-abortion bills and the Senate's support "virtually guarantees" that it will become law.
House Bill 2253 would prevent all abortion providers from providing information to students in public schools, eliminate the exception that allows women to have a mid- or late-term abortion for mental health reasons, prohibit women from claiming abortion medical expenses on their taxes and force abortion providers to tell patients about a disputed link between abortion and breast cancer.
In addition, Senate Republicans voted down Democratic state Sen. David Haley's amendment that would have clarified that the abortion ban did not apply to some forms of birth control -- like IUDs and the morning-after bill -- that interfere with fertilization.
"The majority of the public, I believe, don’t want to see birth control outlawed," Haley said during a heated Senate floor debate.
But state Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook (R) called the amendment "political high jinks."
“This is just ridiculous,” Pilcher-Cook opined. “We should be focused on the bill instead of trying to make political points with amendments.”
Republicans also struck down a second amendment that would have exempted women who became pregnant through rape, incest or "aggravated indecency" because they were underage.
During the heated debate, Haley charged that conservative Republicans were trying to inflict "narrow Taliban-like philosophies on our state’s persons."