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Kansas Abortion and Contraception Refusal Clause (§§ 65-444)

This law was last updated on Nov 28, 2016


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Kansas

Number

Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 65-444

Status

Current

Full Bill Text

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Kansas Statutes Annotated sections 65-444 allows medical care facilities, medical care facility administrators and the governing board of any medical care facility to refuse to permit the performance, referral for, or participation in medical procedures or in the prescription or administration of any device or drug which result in the termination of human pregnancies of an effect of which the medical care facility, administrator or board “reasonably believes” may result in the termination of human pregnancies within its facility

The refusal of a medical-care facility to permit these services may not be a ground for civil liability.

The law, enacted in 1969, does not require refusing entities 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. §§ 65-443.

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