Topeka Abortion rights advocates Wednesday criticized Gov. Sam Brownback for calling for further restrictions on abortions.
"It's disappointing and hypocritical at best," said Julie Burkhart, founder and director of Trust Women.
In his first State of the State address, Brownback, a Republican, said he wanted the Legislature to approve legislation "that protects the unborn, establishing a culture of life in Kansas.
"We must support the dignity of every human being whether that person is unemployed, undereducated or unborn," he said.
Republicans in the Legislature gave Brownback a standing ovation at that point.
But Burkhart said women deserve the right to make their own health decisions.
She said that earlier in his speech, Brownback repeatedly said, "the days of ever expanding government are over." But Burkhart said Brownback wants to expand government to dictate what women can do with their own bodies.