Abortion Ban To Be Proposed In Kansas House

By Salon Staff

Published January 13, 2012 11:18PM (EST)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A group pursuing an amendment to the Kansas Constitution to ban abortion says 25 state House members have agreed to sponsor the measure.

Bruce Garren is chairman of the Personhood Kansas Committee. He said Friday the measure is ready to be introduced in the House. Passage by two-thirds majorities in the House and Senate would put the question to a statewide vote.

The measure would amend the Kansas Constitution to say the state will guarantee the rights of every human being, starting at fertilization of the egg.

Abortion rights advocates call the proposal extreme and say it would ban common methods of birth control.

Some abortion opponents are also wary, arguing the movement will make permanent gains by pursuing less sweeping issues.

Salon Staff

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