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State Senator and Right To Life Group Pursue Ban On Dismemberment Abortion

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A bill which would ban a certain type of abortion procedure was announced on Wednesday by a pro-life group and a Kansas Senator. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports.

On Wednesday, the anti-abortion group National Right to Life announced a bill sponsored by State Senator Garrett Love of Montezuma. It's called the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.

The bill would prohibit dismemberment of a fetus when doing a dilation and extraction technique.

The procedure is usually done in the second trimester of pregnancy. Current Kansas law bans any abortions after 21.6 weeks. 

Right to Life is beginning demonstrations on the upcoming anniversary of Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion in the US in 1973.

Trust Women of Wichita released a statement on Wednesday, saying that the proposed ban would prohibit some abortions "ahead of constitutional limits" and that it would make it difficult for women in Kansas to receive necessary health care.

National Right To Life Press Release: 

Trust Women of Wichita Press Release: