Kansas Pro-Life Group Urging Governor Parkinson to Sign Bill Limiting Late-Term Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 13, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Kansas Pro-Life Group Urging Governor Parkinson to Sign Bill Limiting Late-Term Abortions

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 13
, 2010

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — The fate of a bill that would place strong limits on late-term abortions in Kansas is in the fate of Governor Mark Parkinson, who has just 48 hours left to sign or veto the legislation. Kansans for Life is urging him to sign HB 2115 or allow it to go into law without his signature.

"Our 1998 law was supposed to keep post-viable abortions banned (except for very dire circumstances, but it hasn’t been enforced," Kansans for Life said in an email to LifeNews.com. "Instead, according to official Kansas abortion stats, there have been 3,000 since then."

H.B. 2115 requires that state agencies honor the original legislative intent and mandate that abortionists give real, medical reasons for doing a post-viable abortion. It also gives women and their families standing to sue if they believe the woman received an illegal abortion.

KFL says getting the governor to sign the law is especially important as Nebraska-based abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart determines what to do with his late-term abortion business that is facing new limits from the Nebraska legislature.

"Carhart of Nebraska (who still retains a Kansas medical license) said recently that a new law passed in Nebraska may cause him to move his late-term abortion clinic to another state, and Kansas is one he is considering," KFL says. "He formerly worked for George Tiller and is responsible for many of those 3,000 post-viable abortions mentioned above."

"He enjoyed the fact that while Kansas required reasons be given for post-viable abortions, that Kansas didn’t enforce that requirement the way it was intended by the legislature," KFL adds. "H.B. 2115 does. It mandates a medical reason be listed for post-viable abortions on state abortion report forms. The fact that something that simple could keep Kansas off Carhart’s relocation list shows just how illegal most, if not all, of those 3,000 post-viable abortions likely were."

The House approved HB 2215 83-36, one vote shy of a veto proof majority and the Senate approved the measure hours before the House on a 24-15 margin.

This is the fifth year in a row the legislature has sent a similar bill to the governor’s desk attempting to stop late-term abortions and ensuring any done in the state follow current laws limiting them. Governor Kathleen Sebelius vetoed previous versions.

The current version of the bill also allows women to sue an abortion practitioner if they believe the late-term abortion was done for illegal reasons.

Related web sites:
Kansans for Life – https://www.kfl.org

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