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Brownback Signs Technical Abortion Changes

Associated Press - April 18, 2014 6:35 pm

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he is "looking at everything" to fill a projected $279 million budget deficit for this fiscal year, including the possibility of tweaking the state's income tax policy.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he is "looking at everything" to fill a projected $279 million budget deficit for this fiscal year, including the possibility of tweaking the state's income tax policy.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed abortion legislation addressing legal issues raised in state and federal lawsuits filed by abortion providers.

Brownback announced his action Friday. The changes take effect next week.

Abortion opponents have said the bill makes minor changes in existing laws without setting new policy. Planned Parenthood remained neutral on it.

The bill revises a requirement that the home pages of abortion providers’ websites link to a state health department site about pregnancy and fetal development. Providers would no longer have to post a statement that the state’s information is accurate and objective.

The measure also revises language in Kansas laws on medical emergencies in which abortion restrictions are waived.

Brownback said the bill affirms, in his words, “the sanctity of human life at all stages.”

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