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Kansas bill tightens late-term abortions

Kansas bill tightens late-term abortions
Pro-Life and Pro-Choice protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on the 37th Anniversary of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court ruling on Capitol Hill in Washington on January 22, 2010. UPI/Madeline Marshall | License Photo

TOPEKA, Mo., March 31 (UPI) -- Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson has yet to say whether he'll veto a bill that tightens state law against late-term abortions.

The bill passed by the Legislature late Tuesday was aimed at keeping a late-term abortion provider from opening a clinic in the state, supporters of the law said.

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The law passed short of the votes needed to prevent Parkinson, a Democrat and an abortion-rights supporter, from vetoing it.

Under the law, patients or their relatives could sue a doctor if they had evidence an abortion violated state law, The Wichita Eagle reported Wednesday.

Doctors would be required to provide a medical diagnosis to justify abortions performed after 21 weeks of pregnancy and involving fetuses considered viable.

The bill defined a viable fetus as one in which there was a "reasonable probability that the life of the child can be continued indefinitely outside the mother's womb with natural or artificial life-supportive measures."

Kansas has been without a late-term abortion provider since the killing last May of Dr. George Tiller by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder, who was convicted of murder.

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