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News and briefs: Controversial resident training bill moves to Kansas House

Residency Program Insider, March 13, 2012

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Kansas lawmakers are concerned that a newly proposed anti-abortion bill could cost the University of Kansas Medical Center (UKMC) its accreditation status with the ACGME, if passed.

According to several reports, a provision in the Kansas bill would prevent all medical residents, as well as all state employees, from performing abortions. OB-GYN residents are required to have abortion training and according to an article on kansascw.com, UKMC could lose its accreditation status if the bill becomes law.

A Kansas.com story reports UMKC released a statement that the school was trying to work with legislators on the matter and that abortions are not performed by the medical center or at any of its facilities. Residents receive the training elsewhere and only if they do not have a religious or moral objection. The House Federal and State Affairs Committee is reviewing the bill.

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