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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday signed a measure that made his state the first to ban a procedure used for most second-trimester abortions, according to CNN.

The Republican politician, flanked by anti-abortion advocates, signed the legislation at a ceremony. CNN reports:

The law, signed by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday, bans what it describes as “dismemberment abortion” and defines as “knowingly dismembering a living unborn child and extracting such unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus.”

Supporters of the measure described it as a groundbreaking step, while opponents warned it was dangerous and among the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.

The law does not spell out a specific time frame that limits when an abortion can occur, but it bans the dilation and evacuation abortion procedure commonly used during the second trimester of pregnancy. The law allows for the procedure if “necessary to protect the life or health of the mother,” according to a statement on Brownback’s website.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Kansas and Mid-Missouri described the measure as the latest in a series of “extreme political measures aimed at denying women access to health care and at undermining their decision-making ability,” notes the report.


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