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Planned Parenthood and the Cen-ter or Reproductive Rights haveled separate lawsuits against a 47-page anti-abortion bill signed by Gov. Sam Brownback in April.House Bill 2253 is scheduled totake efect today. Te bill bans sex-selection abortions, rescinds taxincentives or abortion providersand women who receive abortions,prohibits employees and volunteerso abortion providers rom sharinginormation about sexuality in pub-lic schools and states that humanlie begins “at ertilization.”While Planned Parenthood hasled a ederal lawsuit against threespecic components o the bill, theCenter or Reproductive Rights hasled a state lawsuit against the bill inits entirety. Te bill requires doctorsto disclose controversial inorma-tion about the medical risks associ-ated with the procedure — includ-ing the link between abortion andbreast cancer, which the AmericanCancer Society disputes. Clinics alsohave to provide “Printed materialsthat inorm the pregnant woman o the probable anatomical and physi-ological characteristics o the un-born child at two week gestationalincrements rom ertilization to ullterm.” Tese materials are to includeinormation about the etus’s capac-ity to eel pain by the 20th week o development. Planned Parenthoodonly perorms abortions beore 21.6weeks and rarely does so beore the20th week.Elise Higgins, the manager o gov-ernment afairs at Planned Parent-hood o Kansas and Mid-Missouri,expressed her organization’s con-cern with the 20th week thresholdin the state’s literature.“It’s irrelevant to our patients,and most credible medical au-thorities will tell you that the lan-guage is misleading,” she said.Kathy Ostrowski, the legislativedirector o Kansans or Lie, thelargest pro-lie organization inKansas, said the inormation aboutetal development and pain is un-welcome yet actual.“It’s a truthul consideration,” shesaid. “Everybody knows these ba-bies eel excruciating pain, it’s justthat the abortion clinics don’t wantpeople to hear about it.”House Bill 2253 also includes aprovision requiring doctors to in-orm women that abortion termi-nates the lie o a “whole, separate,unique, living being” — a provisionPlanned Parenthood alleges is a vio-lation o ree speech because somedoctors do not share that view.“We don’t think government o-cials should be able to orce us topublicly endorse their views aboutabortion,” Higgins said.Doctors are permitted to voicetheir opinions about the matter,even i they directly contradict theabove claim. Ostrowski said this ca- veat renders Planned Parenthood’scase about ree speech meritless.“A doctor could have posters onthe walls that read, ‘Disregard ev-erything the state has told you,’” shesaid, “But you have to say exactly what you’re going to do when youdo a procedure.”Higgins argues that the require-ment to call the etus a “whole,separate, unique, living being” iscoercive.“As long as we’re being com-pelled by the government to makethat ideological statement, thenthat’s a violation o ree speech,”she said.Planned Parenthood has alsotaken issue with a section o thebill that requires the websites o abortion providers to display alink to and endorsement o theKansas Department o Health andEnvironment right-to-know in-ormation site. Higgins said this ismore coerced speech.“It’s not just the hyperlink, it’s theendorsement,” she said. “We’re re-quired to say that it’s scientically accurate, unbiased and non judge-mental inormation — all three o which are alse. Te inormation isdesigned to coerce and shame wom-en who are seeking abortions.”Ostrowski said the inormation isaccurate and that women deserveaccess to it.“Tey say they’re pro-choice, butthey want to deny women inorma-tion,” she said. “How can a womanbe harmed by more inormation?”
— Edited by Allison Kohn
Pro-choice groups fle lawsuits against abortion bill
In this Mach 25, 2013, fle pht Kis Kitk, let, leads chants ptest at an abtin-ights ally at the state Capitl in Bismack, N.D. Abtin-ights advcates fled alawsuit in edeal cut Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Bismack, N.D., challenging tw newNth Dakta laws that impse the natin’s tughest abtin estictins. (AP Pht/ James MacPhesn, File)