Kari Ann Rinker, executive director of the National Organization for Women’s Kansas branch, didn’t show proper respect when she pulled out a rubber stamp during her testimony last week against a series of anti-abortion measures. “You can use it on every abortion bill that comes through here this session,” she told members of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee, “and you can even share it with the governor if you like.” But Rinker is understandably frustrated with how the Legislature passes and Gov. Sam Brownback signs anti-abortion bills that seem to clearly violate federal rules and court decisions. As a result, the state spent about $1 million last year trying to defend the laws in court. This session lawmakers are again considering measures that defy the courts and mainstream science.
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