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House approves narrowing late-term abortion law

March 23, 2010, 8:30 a.m. Updated March 23, 2010, 10:09 a.m.

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— A bill prohibiting late-term abortions in Kansas for mental health or emotional reasons was approved by the House.

The vote was 89-33. The measure now goes to the Senate.

Kansas law allows abortion of a fetus after the 21st week of pregnancy to save a woman's life or to prevent "substantial and irreversible" harm to "a major bodily function."

State officials have interpreted "major bodily function" to include mental health, arguing the law wouldn't be constitutional otherwise. Anti-abortion legislators disagree.

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