Kansas House fails on second attempt to override governor’s veto of abortion bill

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The House of Representatives chamber of the Kansas Statehouse is pictured July 23, 2014 in Topeka.

TOPEKA — The Kansas House has voted again to uphold Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of a bill requiring abortion providers to tell patients that a medication abortion can be stopped once it has been started.

The vote Thursday in the Republican-controlled House was 83-41 to reconsider a vote Wednesday against overriding the Democratic governor’s veto, one short of the two-thirds majority that the bill’s supporters needed. It means the 82-43 vote Wednesday sustaining the veto stands.

Legislative rules allow members to reconsider actions within 24 hours, giving abortion opponents a chance to save the bill.

Kelly called the bill an unwarranted intrusion into patient-doctor relationships. Supporters said it ensures that women who have misgivings about ending their pregnancies know they can stop a medication abortion after taking the first of two pills.


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