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Sonograms, surrogates and legal fees, oh, my

The stunt this week of having two pregnant women receive sonograms during a Kansas Senate committee hearing has generated plenty of ridicule, with people wondering what other medical procedures might be demonstrated for state lawmakers. Colonoscopies? Mammograms? Meanwhile, Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, the committee's chairwoman, is working on a new bill that would ban surrogate pregnancies in Kansas. It's unclear why she thinks this is the Legislature's concern. Associated Press also reported this week that the state has spent $1 million so far in legal costs trying to defend anti-abortion laws enacted during the past three years.