TOPEKA | The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill requiring doctors to obtain parents' consent before performing an abortion on a minor.
The bill advanced on a voice vote. It rewrites a state law requiring only that a parent be notified before an abortion. It makes numerous other changes vetoed by past governors.
House members expect to take final action Thursday.
The House also debated a bill to enact a fetal pain law similar to one enacted in Nebraska last year.
It would change the legal definition of when a fetus is viable, or able to survive outside the womb, so that it's tied to when the fetus is likely to feel pain. Kansas law restricts abortions after the 21st week of pregnancy if the fetus is viable.