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Kansas Abortion Bill Levies Sales Tax on Rape Victims, Allows Doctors to Lie to Pregnant Women with Prenatal Health Problems

A shocking anti-abortion bill making its way through the Kansas state Legislature would levy a sales tax on women who have abortions, including rape victims, and would allow doctors to withhold information about prenatal health issues if they believed women would have abortions as a result of that information.

Crazy in Kansas

The Huffington Post reports that the 69-page bill contains several alarming provisions. Among them:

*There are no tax exemptions for women who seek abortions as a result of being raped, or for women who experience ectopic pregnancies in which the embryo plants outside the uterus. Such pregnancies almost always end in the death of the embryo. Shockingly, women who remove the remains of a dead fetus after a miscarriage– which is considered an abortion under Kansas law– would also forgo tax exemptions.

*Women who fail to purchase special “abortion insurance” would not be able to deduct the cost of abortions as health care expenses. Kansas law does not allow for abortions to be covered by health insurance.

*Abortion procedures would be subject to sales tax, which is currently 6.3% in the state. Rape victims would not be exempt from this tax.

*Doctors would be allowed to withhold from pregnant women medical information that might encourage them to have abortions. The bill also prohibits malpractice lawsuits if either the woman or child suffers from health problems as a result of that information being withheld.

*Doctors would be required to tell women that abortions cause breast cancer.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe), could endanger the accreditation of the OB-GYN residency program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Because of this accreditation issue, the Federal and State Affairs Committee of the Kansas House has postponed discussion of the measure until next Monday. The bill also could create revenue enforcement and privacy issues. The abortion deduction ban would permit state auditors to force women to hand over their medical records in order to verify that they aren’t claiming unlawful abortion deductions. This is clearly a violation of medical privacy laws.

Rep. Sean Gatewood (D-Topeka), who is leading opposition to the bill, slammed its more troubling provisions.

“Basic life-saving stuff, they (women) can’t use their insurance on,” he fumed to the Huffington Post. “It is not birth control. It is a matter of life and death. I don’t know what these people (the bill’s supporters) are thinking or if they’re thinking.”

Gatewood told the Huffington Post that he hopes the bill won’t pass, but if it does, that the Senate– controlled by more moderate Republicans– can kill it. If not, Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, says he will sign the horrific measure into law.

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One Comment

  1. Richard WaselikMarch 9, 2012 at 2:30 pmReply

    Time to wake up people. Awful things like this happen because no one stands up. Get rid of these people that create bills like this and take away our rights. The english did things like this and we fought it. Take a stand!

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