- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to abortion legislation that addresses legal issues raised in state and federal lawsuits filed by abortion providers.

Tuesday’s voice vote advanced the measure to a second Senate vote, expected Wednesday. Passage would send the measure goes to the House.

Abortion opponents have said the bill makes minor changes in existing laws rather than setting new policy. Planned Parenthood officially is neutral on it.

The bill revises a requirement that the home pages of abortion providers’ websites link to a state health department site with information about pregnancy and fetal development. Providers would no longer have to say that the state’s information is accurate and objective.

The measure also revises language in Kansas laws on medical emergencies in which abortion restrictions are waived.

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