Topeka An anti-abortion bill that has the Kansas University Medical Center concerned about its accreditation will be worked on next week, the chairman of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee said Thursday.
Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Wichita, had initially said the committee would work on the bill Thursday. But on Thursday, Brunk said the committee was backed up with other bills, and it will probably be Tuesday or Wednesday before it can work on House Bill 2598, called the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.
Abortion opponents are urging passage of the bill, which makes numerous changes to state law restricting abortions.
One provision of the bill states: “no health care services provided by any state agency, or any employee of a state agency while acting within the scope of such employee’s employment, shall include abortion.”
That could cause problems for KU Medical Center’s residents, who are considered state employees, and accreditation of its Obstetrics/Gynecology program.
KU Medical Center said that accreditation requirements for Obsetrics/Gynecology residencies require that residents gain experience with induced abortion and complications due to abortion, unless they have a religious or moral objection.
Brunk and KU officials said legislators are trying to work on an amendment to the bill to address the issue.