Kansas House panel continues work on abortion bill

02/29/2012 5:00 AM

02/29/2012 4:22 PM

TOPEKA (AP) – A Kansas House committee continues to debate and amend a bill aimed at preventing the state from indirectly subsidizing abortions through tax credits or deductions.

The Federal and State Affairs Committee spent most of Wednesday discussing technical amendments to the bill, which would make several changes in state tax laws, all designed to cut off indirect support for abortions.

For example, people who deduct medical expenses from their income taxes couldn't include abortion expenses in the calculation. A nonprofit organization that provides abortion services would have to pay the state sales tax on what it buys, unlike other nonprofits.

Also, the measure would prohibit public schools from using materials in human sexuality classes from groups that provide abortion services.

The committee could take a final vote later in the week.

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