Wyandotte & Leavenworth

Kansas bill addresses abortion training for medical students

A proposal in the Kansas House would allow University of Kansas Medical Center students to receive privately funded abortion training.

The provision is part of a bill introduced this week that would more strictly regulate abortions in Kansas. A similar bill last year would have prevented state employees — including doctors in training at the medical center in Kansas City, Kan. — from performing abortions on state property or state time.

The measure died after medical center officials warned that the regulations would jeopardize accreditation of its obstetrics and gynecology program.

Rep. Lance Kinzer of Olathe said the new bill would require the medical center to use private dollars, not public money, to pay medical residents for abortion training.

Supporters of the bill said they believe the provision, worked out in a deal with the medical center, would satisfy the earlier concerns.

“If they have a process set up where those folks are truly, completely, hermetically sealed off from any state dollars, then this bill doesn’t impact that and that is what they are working to do,” Kinzer said.

Lawmakers say the provision isn’t final, but medical center officials are optimistic that the new bill resolves the last session’s accreditation worries.

“While we haven’t yet seen a final copy of the measure … we believe we have found an administrative remedy that would not put our residency programs at risk if the language described were to become law,” said C.J. Janovy, a spokeswoman for the medical center.