TOPEKA, Kansas — Abortion foes scored a third major win Wednesday when a bill to regulate abortion clinics cleared the Kansas Legislature.
The Senate voted 24-15 to approve a bill requiring the state’s three abortion clinics to be inspected twice a year, including one unannounced review.
The bill goes to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, a staunch abortion opponent who’s expected to sign the measure. The governor has already signed two other abortion bills, including one that further restricts abortions after 21 weeks of pregnancy.
The bill that passed Wednesday was largely the same as two others that the Kansas Legislature passed in 2003 and 2005, but were vetoed by Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Supporters of the bill contended that it was as much about protecting women from dangerous doctors as it was about abortion. They said the bill should appeal to lawmakers who want to protect women regardless of their views about abortion.