Topeka A Kansas House committee has endorsed a bill patterned on a Nebraska law that restricts abortions based on when a fetus is likely to feel pain.
The Federal and State Affairs Committee took little time working the measure Friday before sending it to the full House on a voice vote.
The bill would restrict abortions after 22 weeks. Proponents contend that a fetus develops enough to feel and respond to pain by 20 weeks, but cannot manage or modulate that pain until closer to 40 weeks.
The Nebraska law took effect in 2010 and but has not faced court challenge.
Critics contend that in 1992, the U.S. Supreme Court barred states from enacting laws prohibiting abortion before the fetus is viable outside the womb.