Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed two new laws on Tuesday aimed at protecting unborn babies in the Sunflower State.
Both bills passed with a 24-15 vote by the Kansas Senate on March 23.
One of the laws, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, bans abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy because evidence shows unborn children can feel pain by that point. It goes into effect July 1.
"Modern medical science provides substantial evidence that unborn children recoil from painful stimuli, that their stress hormones increase, and that they require anesthesia for fetal surgery," said Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., state legislation director at the National Right to Life Committee told the Christian Post. "Therefore, the states have a compelling interest in protecting unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion."
"Kansas is the second state to recognize this obligation by enacting the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," she explained. "But we expect Idaho and Oklahoma to follow within days - and other state legislatures will be voting on similar bills this year."
The other new law keeps doctors from performing abortions on minors without written consent from parents. It also goes into effect in July.
"These are commonsense regulations that should have been put in place a decade ago," said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, according to The Associated Press. "It's kind of a new day here in Kansas."
Brownback says these are important steps toward creating a culture of life in Kansas.
"It is our calling to support the dignity of every human being, whether that person is unemployed, undereducated, or unborn. These bills establish that Kansas in the heart of America is a culture of life state and we're not going back," the governor said.