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Kansas lawmakers plan to introduce bills to repeal anti-abortion laws and create greater access to contraceptives


TOPEKA, Kansas — Pro-abortion rights Kansas House members plan to introduce three bills aimed at increasing access to reproductive health care.

One measure outlined Thursday would repeal laws that prevent women from deducting abortion expenses from their state income taxes and restrict private health insurance coverage of abortions.

A second bill would repeal a ban on so-called telemedicine abortions.

A third measure promotes the use of reversible contraceptives that can prevent pregnancies for up to 10 years.

Republican Rep. Barbara Bollier of Mission Hills said the measures are a reaction to attacks on women's right to make health care choices.

GOP Gov. Sam Brownback and other abortion opponents have argued that Kansas is a leader in helping to create what they call a culture of life.

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