More anti-abortion laws, more lawsuits

Expect more costly legal challenges when the anti-abortion bill that the Kansas Senate approved this week becomes law. The bill’s legal problems include the elimination of a woman’s mental health as justification for mid- to late-term abortions and the requirement that doctors distribute information about a connection between abortions and breast cancer – a link not supported by science. The bill’s prohibition on deducting any abortion-related expense on state income taxes also raises privacy concerns. But none of this seems to matter to most lawmakers, who even resented having to consider whether the bill’s declaration that life begins at fertilization could ban certain forms of birth control.