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|Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signed a bill yesterday that will allow pharmacists in the state to refuse to fill a prescription they think could be used to induce abortion. But since the "conscience" measure says they cannot be required to provide a drug or devise that they think "may result in the termination of a pregnancy" -- but does not define which drug in particular -- the law's opponents say it could allow a pharmacist to interfere with a woman's health care by refusing to distribute birth control or emergency contraception.
Women who already have difficulty obtaining contraception may face additional hurdles... Brownback's office justified his signing by saying the bill "gives more legal protection to Kansas health care providers who refuse to participate in abortions" based on their conscience. Kansas already had a law that allowed medical professionals to refuse...
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