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Archive for Thursday, March 31, 2005

Other business delays House vote on clinic bill

March 31, 2005

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— The House hasn't decided whether to send Gov. Kathleen Sebelius a bill strengthening state regulation of abortion clinics.

Abortion opponents argue the measure would protect women's health, but abortion rights supporters say the measure's true aim is to burden clinics with new rules, forcing them to close.

Sebelius, who supports abortion rights, has said she is unlikely to sign a bill targeted at only abortion. She vetoed a similar bill in 2003. But the governor has said she would support regulation of all surgeries performed in doctor's offices and clinics under anesthesia.

The Senate approved the bill last week. The House had approved it earlier but must consider a single, technical change made by a Senate committee, something that's considered a formality.

The House had planned to vote Wednesday but took up other business instead, including a plan to increase spending on public schools.

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