Today, the House Federal and State Affairs Committee announced that it would hear House Bill 2324, banning all abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, tomorrow morning at 8am. The bill could prevent a woman from having an abortion before she even realizes she is pregnant. If passed, HB 2324 would immediately trigger a challenge to Roe v. Wade.
Sponsored by Representatives DeGraaf, Alcala, Bideau, Bradford, Brunk, Campbell, Carpenter, Christmann, Crum, Dove, Edwards, Garber, Goico, Gonzalez, Hedke, Hermanson, Hibbard, Houser, Howell, Huebert, Hutton, Kelley, Montgomery, O’Brien, Pauls, Peck, Read, Rhoades, Rothlisberg, Seiwert, Sutton and Thimesch, HB 2324 could ban abortions as early as 18 to 24 days after conception. In addition, it would multiply the over $700,000 in legal expenses Kansas taxpayers have already spent defending unconstitutional abortion restrictions over the past 2 years.
Mark Gietzen, the bill’s unelected backer and radical anti-abortion activist, boasted in a letter to the editor this weekend that his bill is even more restrictive than Arkansas’ recent 12 week abortion ban. Were the bill to pass, it would be the most extreme abortion restriction in the United States.
Kansas NOW Lobbyist and State Co-Coordinator Elise Higgins said, “Not only is House Bill 2324 clearly a way for Kansas legislators to challenge Roe on the taxpayer dime, notice of the hearing was given less than 24 hours in advance to the general public. We condemn this underhanded approach to legislation unprecedented in its extremity, and are committed to fighting it every step of the way.”