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HB 2206 - Partial Birth/Late-term Abortion Reporting Requirements - Key Vote

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Deena Horst voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (82-40) - (Key vote)

Title: Partial Birth/Late-term Abortion Reporting Requirements

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes new reporting and notice requirements relating to partial birth/late-term abortions.

Highlights:
-Requires a physician who performs a partial birth/late-term abortion to create a report that includes the following (Sec. 1):
    -Sworn statement by the physician and the referring physician attesting that they are not legally or financially affiliated; -Medical diagnosis and condition that necessitates the performance of an abortion to save the life of the pregnant woman or the medical diagnosis and condition constituting a substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.
-Specifies that the annual report on abortions performed in Kansas shall contain the aforementioned information reported by physicians to the extent that such information is not deemed confidential (Sec. 1). -Amends the legal definition of "viable" to mean the fetus has reached a stage of development at which the physician judges, according to accepted standards, that there is "a reasonable probability that the life of the child can be continued indefinitely" outside the womb with natural or artificial life-supportive measures, whereas the definition in existing law defines it as being a stage of gestation at which the physician judges that it is "capable of sustained life outside the uterus without the application of extraordinary medical means" (Sec. 3). -Requires, except in the case of a medical emergency, a copy of the abortion-performing physician's written determination specifying if the fetus was determined to be nonviable, if the abortion is necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman, and if continuation of pregnancy will cause substantial and irreversible bodily function impairment to the pregnant woman shall be delivered to the pregnant woman at least 30 minutes prior to an abortion (Sec. 4). -Authorizes the husband (if he is the father of the child and was married to the woman at the time of the abortion) or the parents or guardians of a woman (if she is under 18 years of age) to obtain "appropriate relief" through civil action if the woman obtained an abortion in violation of reporting an notice requirements, including statuatory damages equal to 3 times the cost of the abortion, and "reasonable" attorney fees (Sec. 4). -Requires pregnant woman seeking an abortion to be told that "the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being" at least 24 hours before the abortion (Sec. 5).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Partial Birth/Late-term Abortion Reporting Requirements

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