Government
9:45 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Kansas House Committee Approves Abortion Bill

A Kansas House committee has approved a bill that is aimed at removing any state subsidies for abortion, even tax credits or exemptions.

Much of the debate focused on part of the bill that prohibits employees of an abortion provider from teaching sex education in schools. But it was written so broadly that a parent who works for an abortion provider wouldn't be allowed to volunteer in the classroom for any purpose.

Allan Rothlisberg, a Republican from Grandview Plaza, was in favor of the measure.

“That should be totally separate,” says Rothlisberg.  “If they want to do it they can find another job that would allow them that opportunity to do so. We should be having people of integrity and morality teaching our children.”

The committee eventually amended the bill so people employed by an abortion provider could become school volunteers, but would not be allowed to work for a school district or teach any sex ed courses.

The full Kansas House will now consider the legislation.