Kansas Governor Signs 2 Controversial Abortion Bills

By: CBS
By: CBS

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed controversial legislation limiting abortions into law Tuesday.

The bill requires doctors to get written permission from parents before performing an abortion on a minor.

On Friday, Brownback signed the pre-viability abortion ban. That bill tightens restrictions on abortions after 22 weeks. It’s based on disputed claims that a fetus can feel pain after the 21st week of pregnancy.

Brownback is a strong opponent of abortion. He's called on legislators to create what he calls a "culture of life."

Critics say these bills point out Brownback's misguided priorities. A Planned Parenthood spokesperson said Brownback and other extremists in the legislature relentlessly pursue legislation aimed at limiting access to health care while ignoring the state's real concerns.


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