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Abortion foes flex big muscle in Kansas Senate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Abortion opponents have shown they have a supermajority in the Kansas Senate as a vote approaches on new restrictions for providers.

Senators planned to take final action Tuesday on a bill blocking tax breaks for abortion providers and prohibiting them from furnishing materials or instructors for sex education classes in public schools.

During a debate on the measure Monday, anti-abortion senators repeatedly defeated amendments offered by senators who support abortion rights.

Abortion opponents consistently had at least 27 votes, a two-thirds majority in the 40-member Senate.

The House approved the measure last month, but senators made technical changes that House members would have to review before the bill could go to Gov. Sam Brownback. The Republican is a strong abortion opponent.