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Abortion bill veto stands

May 1, 2008


— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' veto of new restrictions on abortion providers withstood an attempt Wednesday by anti-abortion senators to overturn it.

The vote was 25-14, two short of the two-thirds majority needed to nullify the veto in the Senate and send it to the House, where an override effort probably would have been successful.

Besides imposing new restrictions, the measure would have allowed lawsuits to block late-term procedures on fetuses 22 weeks or older.

When she vetoed the measure, Sebelius argued it could deny women life-saving medical care.

The measure was partly a response to allegations that Dr. George Tiller has performed illegal late-term abortions at his Wichita clinic. Tiller is among the few U.S. physicians who perform such procedures, and he says that he follows state law.

The vote came with little debate, as Sen. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, made the override motion.

The bill called for doctors using ultrasound or monitoring fetal heartbeats to make information from those sources available to a patient at least 30 minutes before an abortion. Also, doctors would have to tell their patients whether their fetuses are viable and, if not, why.

The bill also allows a former patient or her family to sue a doctor for monetary damages if she believes a pregnancy was improperly terminated.

When Sebelius, who supports abortion rights, vetoed the bill on April 21, she objected most strongly to provisions allowing a patient's spouse or family members to go to court if they believed a doctor had performed or was about to perform an illegal late-term abortion. The patient herself also could sue, but so could a local prosecutor.


KansasMeadowlark 9 years, 12 months ago

Tiller "bought" Kansas Senators in 2004 that blocked override of KS Senate veto of abortion bill in 2008 The ProKanDo PAC was the #4 PAC in Kansas reported by the Kansas Gov't Ethics Commission based on ProKanDo's contributions to candidates About $230,000 was spent in 2004 by Tiller/ProKanDo, much of which was used in State Senate races, paying off now in this failed veto override?2004 cycle: ProKanDo PAC Teams with KNEA PAC to "buy" the Kansas Senate Dr. Tiller hijacks education issue: Channels secret money to influence Kansas Senate Races in 2004. That article quoted a ProKanDo fundraiser mailing from 2004: "Currently, ProKanDo is working to help elect new pro-choice candidates to the Kansas State Senate. These candidates will give the Senate a pro-choice majority. The Senate will be able to not only defeat anti-choice legislation and support the Governor's veto of anti-choice bills, but to help promote legislation that will enhance women's rights." ProKanDo also funded two other PACs in 2004, SDC PAC and Kansans for a Moderate Government, which were used to elect pro-abort State Senators and block an override of a gubernatorial veto in 2008: Connections between mysterious "SDC PAC," founder of the Oz Museum in Wamego, and Dr. Tiller in Wichita? promote more Democrats in the Kansas Senate, Kansas Democrats have BOTH a "recognized" committee and a PAC with a similar name, with the same treasurer at the same address. In 2004 apparently one or both of these groups sent out a mysterious mailing from the SDC PAC in certain senate races-- the SDC group is a "recognized party committee" while their PAC was DSCC. The source of that 2004 mailing was quite deceptive. See House/Senate Party Committees in Kansans for a Moderate Government (received about $38,000 from ProKanDO PAC) Who's behind the mysterious Kansans for a Moderate Government PAC? Unfortunately, a more complete analysis of the 2004 political money was EXORBITANTLY expensive and was never completed. In 2004, the Kansas Secretary of State charged $0.50 per page to see any information in PAC reports. (By early 2006 all the PAC information was online for free.)

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