Topeka — The Kansas Senate on Wednesday failed to override Gov. Mark Parkinson’s veto of a bill increasing regulation in the state’s late-term abortion law.
The 26-14 vote to override was one vote short of the two-thirds majority needed to overturn Parkinson’s action. Abortion opponents did not expect to ask the Senate to reconsider its action.
The bill would have required doctors to report more detailed information to the state about the late-term abortions they perform.
It also would have allowed patients to sue abortion providers if they or their families had evidence that a late-term procedure violated Kansas law.
State Sens. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, and Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, voted to sustain the governor’s veto.
State Sen. Jeff Colyer, R-Overland Park, who pushed to override the veto, said the bill represented a compromise.
But Francisco, who served on the House-Senate conference committee that considered the bill, said there had been “little effort with regard to compromise” on the part of anti-abortion interests.
Even though abortion opponents came up one vote short, some said it was just a matter of time before the bill became law.
“We will have a change in governor,” said state Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer, R-Grinnell. “We will get this passed. It’s just a year away,” he said.
The November election will bring a new governor. The leading Republican candidate, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback is a vocal opponent of abortion.