Sponsor Willing to Amend New Abortion Law

Sponsor Willing to Amend New Abortion Law

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(Roy-AP) -- The sponsor of a new abortion law that went into affect this year says he's willing to amend it.

The law makes it a crime for doctors, clinics, or hospitals that receive state funding to perform abortions except for in cases of rape, incest or if the mother would suffer severe damage to a "major bodily function" if she delivers.

But the bill's sponsor -- Republican Senator Curt Bramble -- calls it a "tragedy" that a couple recently had to go to an abortion clinic to terminate a pregnancy in which the fetus had organs growing outside its body and could not survive.

A hospital refused to end the pregnancy because of the law that took effect May 3.

Bramble says he'll work with doctors and hospital officials to possibly change the law to include fetal "anomalies".

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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