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Kansas Abortion and Contraception Refusal Clause (§§ 65-443)

This law was last updated on Nov 18, 2016


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Kansas

Number

Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 65-443

Status

Current

Topics

Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

www.kslegislature.org

Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 65-443 allows individuals to refuse to perform, refer for, or participate in medical procedures or in the prescription or administration of any device or drug which result in the termination of a pregnancy or an effect of which the person “reasonably believes” may result in the termination of a pregnancy.

The refusal of a person to participate, refer, or prescribe may not be a basis for civil liability or any facility-imposed sanction.

The law, enacted in 1969, does not require refusing individuals to provide notification or referrals to patients seeking abortion or contraception services.

The law may be interpreted to include a refusal to provide contraceptive services since the language of the law allows a person to use their own beliefs about what can result in the termination of a pregnancy.

Related Legislation

Similar to Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 65-444.

Related to a clause found in HB 2253, which passed in 2013.