Government & Politics

Kansas lawmaker compares abortion to Holocaust

Rep. Dick Jones
Rep. Dick Jones

TOPEKA – A Kansas lawmaker has compared abortion to the Holocaust in arguing against a procedure used in about 8 percent of abortions in the state.

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee held a hearing on a bill Monday that would prohibit doctors from performing an abortion by removing a fetus from the womb in pieces.

Republican Rep. Dick Jones of Topeka called the ban a no-brainer. He said after the hearing that he views abortion as being a Holocaust against fetuses.

Opponents to the bill testified that banning the procedure would increase health risks to women.

Some argued that the Legislature was unqualified to regulate medicine and accused politicians of harboring ulterior motives.