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Minutes for SB297 - Committee on Public Health and Welfare

Short Title

Revising the definition of "abortion" to clarify procedures that are excluded from such definition.

Minutes Content for Mon, Mar 20, 2023

Jenna Moyer, Staff Revisor gave an overview of the bill.

Brittany Jones  testified in support of the bill (Attachment 30). She stated that SB297 clarifies that in the heartbreaking situation in which a baby naturally passes away in the womb, what is commonly called a miscarriage, is not an abortion under Kansas's legal definition as stated in statutory code.SB297 ensures that physicians know what procedures fall under the legal definition of abortion.

Proponent, written only testimony was submitted by:

Jeanne Gawdun, Kansans for Life (Attachment 31)

Representative Susan Humphries (Attachment 32)

Lucrecia Nold, Kansas Catholic Conference (Attachment 33)

Chairperson Gossage closed the hearing on SB297.

Chairperson Gossage adjourned the meeting at 9:30 a.m. The next scheduled meeting is March 21, 2023.