Update on KS sex selection abortion ban & pro-life bills
By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life
Editor’s note. This is excerpted from an update distributed by Kansans for Life.
SB 141, banning sex-selection abortions, was passed favorably out of the Senate Public Health & Welfare committee on Thursday. Only Sen. David Haley (D-Kansas City) voted in opposition and wanted his vote recorded. Testimony came from: Concerned Women for America, Kansas Catholic Conference, physician Patrick Herrick, Kansans for Life and international population expert, Steven Mosher, who also was the special guest at the annual KFL Valentine’s Week banquets in Wichita and Shawnee. Action in the full Senate has not yet been scheduled. (See http://nrlc.cc/Xe593y)
SB 142, Civil Rights for the Unborn, will get a hearing in the Senate Judiciary committee Monday, Feb. 18. The measure is based on language taken from the 2012 version of the Pro-life Protections Act, which passed the Kansas House 88-31. SB 142 will:
ALLOW civil suits on behalf of wrongful death of an unborn child throughout gestation, not just after “viability” (Kansas already allows criminal prosecution for injury or death to the unborn during crimes committed against the mother); and
BAN any “wrongful birth” type lawsuits claiming damages for a disabled child that “would have been aborted” but for some action or information of another (these lawsuits in other states have typically claimed insufficient prenatal tests were performed, or that they were incorrectly performed).
The exciting proposal ]discussed at http://nrlc.cc/VmidsL] to create an adult stem cell center at the University of Kansas Medical Center now has a bill number, SB 199. The bill hearing in the Senate Public Health and Welfare is set for next Friday, Feb.22.