'At fertilization' declaration gives some pause

Wording could prove helpful to abortion opponents

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -  

Abortion rights advocates in Kansas are worried that the legislature's approval of a declaration that life begins "at fertilization" will inspire new attempts to prevent the procedure.
 
The Kansas Legislature sent the sweeping anti-abortion bill to Gov. Sam Brownback late Friday that also blocks potential tax breaks for abortion providers and outlaws sex-selection abortions.
 
Supporters of the measure said the language is no more than a statement of principle. But people on both sides of the debate acknowledge that the wording could prove helpful to abortion opponents over time.
 
Language similar to Kansas' "at fertilization" wording is found in other states' laws, and wording regarding abortion is not being changed in the Kansas Constitution. Experts say there have been no high-profile court challenges to similar language in other states.
 
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