Politics & Government

Late-term abortion legislation veto overturned by Kansas House

TOPEKA — The Kansas House on Monday voted to revive legislation vetoed by Gov. Mark Parkinson that would require more information from doctors who perform late-term abortions.

If the Senate follows suit, the bill will be enacted into law despite the opposition of Parkinson.

The House voted 86-35, two votes more than the two-thirds majority required to override a veto. A Senate vote could come as early as today.

Last Friday, an attempt to revive the bill failed by two votes. Weekend lobbying efforts — and the critical presence of two anti-abortion lawmakers absent last week — made the difference Monday.

"There was an aggressive effort at the grassroots level," said Rep. Lance Kinzer, an Olathe Republican who championed the bill. "We knew we were very close."

The bill would require physicians who authorize late-term abortions to report the medical diagnosis used to justify the otherwise illegal procedure. State law bans abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy, unless a physician certifies that the pregnancy represents a serious threat to the woman's health.

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