The provisions dealing with tax breaks are designed to prevent the state from subsidizing abortions, even indirectly. For example, health care providers don't have the pay the state sales tax on items they purchase, but the bill would deny that break to abortion providers. Also, a woman could not include abortion costs if she deducts medical expenses on her income taxes.
"Every taxpayer will be able to know with certainty that their money is not being used for abortion," Pilcher-Cook said.
But Jordan Goldberg, state advocacy counsel for the New York City-based Center for Reproductive Rights, called the tax provisions "appalling and discriminatory."
"It's probably, if not definitely unconstitutional, and it's incredibly mean-spirited," she said.
The anti-abortion legislation is HB 2253.
Associated Press Writer Maria Fisher in Kansas City, Mo., also contributed to this report. Follow John Hanna on Twitter at www.twitter.com/apjdhanna
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