Kansas GOP leaders steer agenda away from abortion ban

January 13, 2020 - 9:23 am
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -  Top Kansas Republicans want to head off any push for an abortion ban in the state even as they make overturning a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that protects abortion rights a top priority. 

The GOP-controlled Legislature expects to consider a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution during the annual 90-day lawmaking session that starts Monday. It's a response to the high court's ruling in April that the state's Bill of Rights makes access to abortion a fundamental right. 

Abortion opponents are being pragmatic. They worry that even if a ban could get through the Legislature, it would fail in the required statewide vote afterward. 

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