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Kansas House fails to override veto of abortion legislation

April 30, 2010


— The Kansas House failed to override Gov. Mark Parkinson’s veto of a bill that would have rewritten the state’s laws on late-term abortions, falling two votes short on Friday.

The measure could have discouraged any doctor who provides late-term abortions from establishing a practice in Kansas following the murder last year of Dr. George Tiller.

His Wichita practice was one of the few in the nation performing late-term procedures.

Doctors would have to give the state more details about abortions performed after the 21st week of pregnancy and involving fetuses considered viable, or able to survive outside the womb.

Kansas allows such abortions only to save the mother’s life or prevent major damage to her health. Patients or family members would also be able to sue doctors if they have evidence an abortion violated state law.

Republican supporters of the measure immediately said they would move to reconsider the override action on Monday, giving absent members a chance to vote. The Senate will vote only if the House is successful, but chances for an override in the Senate seem more remote.

House Democrats tried to short-circuit Republican efforts by making a procedural move to reconsider. That would have forced the re-vote Friday.

Republicans countered with a motion to adjourn immediately to save their chances.

“This is clearly an attempt to kill the bill and not allow those members to vote,” said Rep. Lance Kinzer, an Olathe Republican who led the override attempt. “You never know what votes may change over a weekend.

“We knew we were short, and it’s not just a delay tactic. While we can’t guarantee we’ll have the 84 votes, we want to preserve the opportunity to get there.”

The 82-40 vote Friday was shy of the 84 needed to overturn the veto.

Parkinson, a Democrat, said in vetoing the bill on April 15 that current law “strikes a reasonable balance on a very difficult issue” and doesn’t merit changing.

Supporters of the override attempt said the bill addressed concerns that an earlier law wasn’t being enforced and would end the issue that has risen annually in the Legislature.

Anti-abortion groups saw the bill as a way to keep providers from moving to Kansas to perform late-term procedures.

They are most concerned about Dr. Leroy Carhart, a friend of Tiller who has a clinic outside Bellevue, Neb.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman recently signed two new laws regarding abortion, one of which was partly aimed at Carhart’s clinic.

It prohibits abortions at and after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on assertions that fetuses feel pain at that time. The current standard is viability.


Vinny1 7 years, 12 months ago

Of course not. They will always find more useless stuff to waste time on before addressing serious issues like budgeting.

SnakeFist 7 years, 12 months ago

"The measure could have discouraged any doctor who provides late-term abortions from establishing a practice in Kansas...Kansas allows such abortions only to save the mother’s life or prevent major damage to her health."

So the measure would have discouraged the presence of doctors who save pregnant women's lives and prevent major health problems. Why do regressives hate pregnant women?

frank mcguinness 7 years, 12 months ago

So republicans, what is it.

More government intrusion or less government intrusion??

You can't freaking have is both ways.

Idiot hypocrites.

overthemoon 7 years, 12 months ago

Amazing, isn't it. In fact, on almost every single issue the republicans contradict themselves like this. Pretty much boils down to they want it all and they don't want anyone else to have any even if it means twisting the constitution, the law, and the American way to their personal benefit while holding everyone else to a perverted standard of morality they themselves do not uphold.

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 12 months ago

"The Kansas vote Friday comes days after the Oklahoma Legislature reversed Gov. Brad Henry’s vetoes of two abortion bills. One of those requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion. The other measure prohibits pregnant women from seeking damages if physicians withhold information or provide inaccurate information about their pregnancy."

So LJW finally deigns to report this as a footnote to another story, despite the fact that it's such old news it's already dropped off the major news sites. No mention of the fact that the ultrasound law will force women to undergo a medical procedure they may or may not want. No mention of the fact that these women will be forced to watch the ultrasound monitor and have a description of limbs (if they're present), heart (if there is one) and head (whether it has a brain or not) given to them. Nor is there any mention that there is no exemption for victims of rape and incest. This is the height of cruelty; the legislated victimization of those already victimized. Also ignored is the meaning behind the second law. This law permits doctors to outright lie to or to knowingly withhold information and misinform pregnant women about fetal anomalies and birth defects their pregnancy may have to prevent them from aborting. Now understand, I know that in the minds of these legislators women are nothing more than breeding cattle with intelligence to match. They still live in an era where they can sit in front of a football game on TV and yell to the kitchen, "Make me a sammich and bring me a beer!" to the "little woman". Of course the "little woman" can't make these decisions on her own. She has the intelligence of a warthog. Never mind that she has a Masters Degree in Finance and has a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. Never mind that she has a PhD in Physics and teaches at MIT. Never mind that she's a teacher, a nurse, a grocery clerk. We all have the intelligence of four year olds where our uterus is concerned and just HAVE to have these decisions made for us. Keep it up, state houses, keep it up, and I can guarantee eventually you will see a political backlash among women the likes of which will make the suffrage movement in the teens and the women's liberation movement in the 70's look like child's play. It will be one of the deciding factors in sounding the death knell for the Republican Party, those same people that rail against the "Nanny State". I guess the Nanny State is just peachy if you happen to have an xy chromosome in the twenty third pair.

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