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Women’s rights groups urge Brownback not to sign abortion bills

Updated: 2013-04-09T16:38:06Z

BY BRENT D. WISTROM

Eagle Topeka bureau

— A coalition of women’s rights groups Tuesday urged Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a series of anti-abortion bills lawmakers approved in recent weeks.

The bills include one that declares life begins at fertilization and blocks tax breaks for abortion providers. Others dictate information doctors must provide patients who are considering abortions, including information about a theorized link between abortion and breast cancer that opponents say is inaccurate.

"Politicians are not doctors and they should not pretend to be," said Elise Higgins, a lobbyist with the Kansas National Organization for Women.

Higgins, along with representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Mainstream Coalition, said women considering abortions already face a complicated decision and should be given accurate information.

The group said 1,600 people have signed petitions urging Brownback’s veto. They delivered stacks of them to the governor’s office Tuesday.

Brownback has repeatedly said he will sign any "pro-life" legislation that makes it to his desk. He hasn’t yet reviewed the specifics of the bills approved by the Legislature, said spokeswoman Sara Arif.

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