Kansas lawmakers pass bill mandating notice on abortion ‘reversal’

Gov. Kelly questions whether it's science-based
Kansas lawmakers pass bill mandating notice on abortion ‘reversal’
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Kansas legislators passed a measure Friday that would require abortion providers to tell patients who are taking medication to terminate their pregnancies that the process can be reversed after they take the first of two pills.

Abortion opponents contend the bill ensures that women who harbor doubts about ending their pregnancies will learn of a safe procedure for reversing a medication abortion. Abortion rights supporters contend that it’s based on junk science and the state would force doctors to provide dubious information to their patients.

The votes Friday were 85-35 in the House and 26-11 in the Senate.

The bill goes to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. She is an abortion-rights supporter and has questioned whether the bill is based on sound science.

The bill deals with medication abortions involving RU-486. It would require abortion providers to inform patients that RU-486 isn’t always effective in ending a pregnancy, so that a medication abortion can be reversed.

Supporters said the bill ensures that women have the information so they can continue their pregnancies if they change their minds.

Critics say it requires providers to distribute questionable information.

Under the bill, an abortion clinic would have a display a sign with the abortion reversal notice, and the physician would have to tell a patient in writing that a medication abortion can be reversed. A clinic that failed to post a sign could be fined $10,000, and a doctor who failed to notify a patient could be charged with a misdemeanor for a first office and a felony for a second.

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