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KU Law professor weighs in on abortion bill

6 News Lawrence
Lisa D'Souza
Thursday, April 4, 2013

An article discussing the future of a large anti-abortion bill in the Kansas Senate quoted Professor Richard Levy.

D'Souza wrote:

“The Supreme Court held that abortion laws are only invalid if they impose a undue burden on the right of the woman,” KU Law Professor Richard Levy said.

He said the bill language is ambiguous, but not unconstitutional.

Though, Levy adds defining "life" could alter regulations already in place.

“The unborn child would not ordinarily, under the current law, inherit or take under a will if they were not born at the time of the death.  But this would conceivably alter that,” he said.

The bill is under the spotlight the same day an abortion clinic sees its first patient Wichita.

On a national scale, Levy says legislators seem to be blurring the lines of what's constitutional.

“In a large number of states, the legislatures have been ratcheting up the restrictions on abortion in ways that seem designed to provoke a challenge to Roe vs. Wade and Planned Parenthood vs. Casey and ultimately set the stage for those cases to be reversed and to allow states to criminalize abortions,” Levy said.