Abortions Resulting in Live Births Inspire Legislation

Remi White, Yearbook EIC

A Kansas bill concerning abortions inadvertently resulting in live births was set to take its final vote Wednesday. The bill declares that if an abortion results in a live birth, medical personnel must take the same steps to preserve the newborn’s life as they would for other live births.

Debate over the bill surrounds the rights of the newborn in the circumstance, as well as the patient. The new bill follows a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision to protect abortion rights and an August 2022 vote that rejected a proposed change to overturn the 2019 decision.