Kansas Senate Expected to Vote Wednesday on Overturning Abortion Bill Veto
by Steven Ertelt
April 29, 2008
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Kansas lawmakers return to Topeka, on Wednesday and members of the Senate are expected to vote on overturning a veto from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on a measure that would reduce abortions. Sebelius claimed the bill would make it hard for women to get abortions in the extremely rare case to save their lives.
The governor also claimed the law would be unconstitutional.
Should members of the Senate override the veto, the Kansas House would likely vote shortly afterwards to follow suit.
The House approved the legislation on a veto-proof majority but the Senate vote was 25-13 for the bill — just two votes shy of an override.
Kansans for Life told LifeNews.com on Wednesday that Governor Sebelius is lobbying members of the Senate to sustain her veto. As a result, pro-life advocates are asking for phone calls and emails to state senators to support the override vote on the CARA bill.
"Governor Sebelius is calling many state senators and representatives, to urge them to keep her C.A.R.A. veto in place," the group said.
"The one place where you stand a chance of being considered more important than a governor, is at your state senator and representative’s office, but you must act now," the organization added.
The legislation would provide for better enforcement of the late-term abortion laws there and reduce teen abortion.
It covers 17 areas of abortion law meant to limit the number of abortions, give women more information and protect parental rights. And it allows lawsuits against abortion practitioners who may be violating state abortion law.
KFL previously said Sebelius is giving excuses rather than solutions for reducing abortions in the state.
"The truth is that she vetoed this reasonable abortion bill because she is unreasonably indebted to the Kansas abortion industry," Kansans for Life director Mary Kay Culp told LifeNews.com.
"The real question Sebelius must answer is why she would veto a law which simply gives women more information when considering abortion," Culp added.
She said the law would allow women to see an ultrasound of their unborn child and would help prevent forced abortions.
"The governor is grasping at thin air in her claim that the law could be unconstitutional," Culp told LifeNews.com. "This law would simply give standing to certain individuals to try and convince a judge to stop an illegal abortion."
The measure includes the Teen Protection Act, which the Kansas House approved in 2006 on a bipartisan vote.
It targets criminals who sexually abuse teenagers and take them for abortions to cover up their crimes. As a result, the bill makes judges in parental notice bypass hearings become mandatory abuse reporters.
The measure also requires abortion businesses to check IDs of minors and companions, report child sexual abuse to state officials, report incest to law enforcement, and notify the custodial parent of a pregnant minor’s intended abortion.
ACTION: Call the Kansas legislative hotline at 800-432-3924 to urge your legislators to overturn Sebelius’ veto of the CARA bill.
Related web sites:
Kansans for Life – https://www.kfl.org