Kansas lawmaker decries attempts to tie abortion, Medicaid

By KNSS Radio

A top lawmaker in Kansas is disputing a key talking point for GOP colleagues who are blocking a bipartisan plan to expand the state's Medicaid program. 

Abortion opponents argue that expansion could lead to taxpayer funding of elective abortions. Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, an Overland Park Republican, sent an email to senators Friday decrying what he called “inaccurate verbal and written statements” used to justify opposition among abortion opponents to Medicaid expansion. 

He claims that they're attempting to block expansion until a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution saying it does not “secure” a right to abortion gets on the ballot.