TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill prohibiting doctors from terminating a pregnancy solely because a woman doesn’t want a baby of a certain gender.
The bill advanced on a voice vote Tuesday. The Senate is expected to give the measure final approval Wednesday and send it to the House.
The bill makes a misdemeanor the first time a doctor is convicted of performing a sex-selection abortion and a felony each time afterward. A woman’s husband could sue a doctor over such a procedure, as could a parent or guardian of a girl under 18 who had one.
Meanwhile, a House committee plans to have a hearing Wednesday on a bill designed to prevent the state from subsidizing abortions indirectly through tax exemptions or credits.