Republican Governor Sam Brownback has signed two new abortion restrictions into law. The first, a 21 week abortion ban, is the latest of the "fetal pain" bans to be enacted, inspired by the Nebraska law passed last year. The second, a parental consent requiement for a minor girl who wants an abortion, adds the unusual restriction of asking both parents provide consent if the parents are married, or the custodial parent if the parents are divorced.
The laws on their own are the biggest restrictions on abortion in the state in over a decade. But they also come with a hodgepodge of other anti-choice wish list restrictions ranging from linguistic changes to pre-abortion lectures, according to The Citizen:
The signed bills also contain provisions that ensure stricter reporting of late-term abortions. Additionally, 24 hours before the procedure, women will receive information saying the abortion will “terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.” The legislation also replaces all references to “fetus,” in state statute, changing it to “unborn child.”
Encouraged by their victory, anti-choice legislators will attempt to pass bills limiting abortion coverage in insurance and licensing of clinics before the legislative session ends.