Legislators introduce abortion bill
Topeka ? The House Judiciary Committee’s chairman has opened the Legislature’s annual debate on abortion with what he calls a “woman’s right to know and see” bill.
Rep. Lance Kinzer, an Olathe Republican, introduced legislation Monday requiring that 30 minutes before performing an abortion, the doctor give the woman a chance to see a sonogram and get a copy of the image. If fetal heart monitoring is done, the woman would have a right to listen.
“There is no better way to know the physiological development than to see,” Kinzer said. “This bill is a sincere attempt by those of us on the pro-life side to find an area where we can have some consensus.”
Peter Brownlie, president of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, said the bill “is basically trying to use ultrasound as a political tool rather than a medical procedure.”
The bill also requires that 24 hours before an abortion, the woman must be provided a list of free sonogram locations. She also must receive information about counseling and other assistance for medically challenging pregnancies, and contacts for free perinatal hospice services.
Brownlie said Planned Parenthood already provides that information to women.
Kinzer’s proposal also requires that abortion clinics post “anti-coercion” signs so that women will know their legal rights.
“Every woman submitting to an abortion should only do so after giving her voluntary and well-informed consent,” Kinzer said.
Brownlie called the signage “unnecessary and intrusive.”
“It is based on a made-up theory that lots of women are coerced into having abortions,” he said.
Many of Kinzer’s proposals were included in a wide-ranging abortion bill vetoed last year by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who supports abortion rights.
Kinzer said none of the provisions in this year’s bill were singled out by the governor in her veto message.