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Women’s rights groups urge Kansas governor not to sign anti-abortion bills

  • Eagle Topeka bureau
  • Published Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 11:23 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 5:17 p.m.

— A coalition of women’s rights groups urged Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday to veto a series of anti-abortion bills that lawmakers approved in recent weeks.

The bills include one that declares life begins at fertilization and blocks abortion providers from receiving tax breaks that go to other businesses and organizations. Others outline information that doctors must provide patients who are considering abortions, including information about a theorized link between abortion and breast cancer that opponents say is inaccurate.

“Politicians are not doctors and they should not pretend to be,” said Elise Higgins, a lobbyist with the Kansas National Organization for Women.

Higgins, along with representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Mainstream Coalition, said women considering abortions already face a complicated decision and should be given accurate information.

The group said 1,600 people have signed petitions urging Brownback’s veto. They delivered stacks of them to the governor’s office Tuesday.

Brownback has repeatedly said he will sign any anti-abortion legislation that makes it to his desk. He hasn’t yet reviewed the specifics of the bills approved by the Legislature, said spokeswoman Sara Arif.

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