Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly Vetoes Bill Giving Women Info About Abortion Alternatives

State   Steven Ertelt   Apr 23, 2019   |   9:35AM    Washington, DC

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has vetoed a bill that would provide women information about abortion alternatives — specifically info for women using the abortion drug on how they can reverse the drug and save their babies from the abortion.

Abortion Pill Reversal Notification (APR) empowers women contemplating medication abortions with the knowledge that, should they change their minds about completing the abortion, there is timely medical help available to possibly save their babies.

APR was introduced in the House by lead sponsor Rep. John Eplee (R-Atchison) as HB 2274 with 59 other representatives as co-sponsors. A mirror bill, SB 167, was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Molly Baumgardner (R-Louisburg) with 20 other senators as co-sponsors. The APR bill passed both chambers of the state legislature with strong, bi-partisan majorities on April 5. Within days, 2,000 Kansans contacted the governor to urge her to allow SB 67 to become law.

Kansans for Life, the state’s largest pro-life organization, is calling on the Kansas legislature to override the veto.

“Governor Kelly has disserved Kansas women, especially when abortions by pill have risen to over 61% of the annual total here,” KFL director Mary Kay Culp told LifeNews.com.

She added: “It is ridiculous to paint the protocol as untested, and medically unsound. The bill’s chief sponsor, Dr. John Eplee, is this year’s Kansas Family Practitioner of the Year. The Kansas affiliate of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) did not oppose the bill. The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) strongly supports it. Women seeking abortion must not be denied current medical information that can save their babies.”

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Culp said SB 67 will inform women considering non-surgical, ‘medication’ abortion that such procedures can be reversed applying a protocol used for decades (outside the abortion context) to maintain pregnancies threatened by miscarriage. The reversal must be sought within a few days of ingesting the first series of abortion pills at the abortion facility and before ingesting the second set of pills at home.

A recent study shows APR is safe for mother and child and that nearly 60% who undertake the reversal pill protocol, carry the baby to term, with no higher occurrence of birth defects or developmental problems than is experienced by babies in normal births. Over 500 babies have been born using the APR protocol, and the rate of women using this procedure is rapidly rising,

Seven states have already enacted Abortion Pill Reversal Notification laws and Congress is now considering the legislation, called ‘The Second Chance at Life Act.”

Kansans for Life calls on the Kansas House and Senate to override the governor’s veto of SB 67 when they return for the veto session on May 1.

ACTION: Contact legislators to override the veto by going here. Contact Gov. Kelly by going here.