TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Abortion opponents in Kansas aren’t resting after a string of legislative victories at the start of Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration.
But the proposals they’ll pursue most aggressively in 2012 aren’t likely to be as eye-catching.
Anti-abortion leaders in the Republican-controlled Legislature say they want to strengthen legal protections for health care professionals who want to avoid participating in abortions or dispensing abortion-inducing drugs. They hope to prevent even indirect taxpayer support for abortions.
Some abortion opponents anticipate interest in trying to prohibit abortion after the first detectable fetal heartbeat or a measure declaring that life begins when an egg is fertilized. But lawmakers and Kansans for Life want to concentrate on measures that are more likely to pass.
Abortion rights supporters say they’re anticipating more attacks on access to abortion.