The Kansas Senate today ushered in a new pro-life era by advancing two significant measures that Gov. Sam Brownback is anxious to sign into law.
The landmark Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act, HB 2218, and the Abortion Reporting Accuracy and Parental Rights Act, HB 2035, each passed 24-15. Both measures acquired minor amendments on the Senate floor and will require a quick assent by the House, when it returns to work Monday.
UPDATE Mar. 29: House concurs on HB 2035 by100-22 and HB 2218 by 94-28.
Sen. Terry Bruce (R-Hutchinson) did a top notch job leading the defense of HB 2218 in floor debate, citing
- the 1987 ground breaking evidence published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine,
- a ‘litany’ of consistent scientific studies after that, and
- the 2004 U.S. Dept. of Justice testimony of top researchers.
Bruce added “the smartest man he knew, one of only ten neuro-radiologists in the country” supports the science of the bill that unborn children aged 20 weeks post-conception (22 weeks gestation) can acutely experience pain.