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Kansas governor signs measure aimed at allowing enforcement of ban on 'webcam' abortions


TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas is revising a ban on what critics call "webcam" abortions in hopes of allowing enforcement of the 4-year-old restriction.

Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill Monday making technical changes in a 2011 law enacting health and safety regulations specifically for abortion providers. The changes take effect later this month.

The state hasn't been able to enforce the law because two providers filed a lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court against it.

The measure modifies a provision of the law requiring a doctor providing an abortion-inducing drug to be in the room when a patient takes it. It creates an exception for medical emergencies.

Advocates on both sides say Kansas doctors aren't using webcams or similar technology in that way. But abortion opponents see the ban as preventative.

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