January 26, 2015 — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) last week said he would sign pending legislation that would prohibit physicians from performing certain abortion procedures, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports (Hanna, AP/Sacramento Bee, 1/22).
The bill, which was drafted by the National Right to Life Committee, would ban a method of abortion called dilation and extraction. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Human Services, the method accounted for 578 of the roughly 7,500 abortions performed in the state in 2013 (Women's Health Policy Report, 1/16).
Brownback made the comments during remarks he gave at a Statehouse rally sponsored by Kansans for Life to coincide with the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. Specifically, he said that the measure "should pass" and that he would "sign it" (AP/Sacramento Bee, 1/22).
Further, Brownback touted Kansas as "[t]he most pro-life state in America." He thanked state House and Senate lawmakers for working to pass 13 antiabortion-rights bills over the past four years, all of which he signed.
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Separately, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Kansas and Mid-Missouri President and CEO Laura McQuade said Kansas and federal lawmakers should stop impeding on individuals' access to reproductive health services and trying to undermine the Roe decision.
She said that since Roe, "lawmakers across the country and especially in Kansas and Missouri have been working tirelessly to pass laws that eliminate access to safe and legal abortion, and deny women their constitutional rights to make their own private medical decisions." She added that public officials supporting abortion restrictions are "on the wrong side of medical science, the wrong side of public opinion and the wrong side of history" (Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, 1/22).