House fails to override gov’s veto


State News

May 2, 2019 - 10:21 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas narrowly failed Wednesday to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of a bill requiring abortion providers to tell patients about a disputed treatment to stop a medication abortion after it’s been started.

It was a second major loss in less than a week for abortion opponents in a state where they became accustomed to enacting new restrictions easily under Kelly’s conservative GOP predecessors before she took office in January. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state constitution protects abortion rights, potentially opening up existing restrictions to legal challenges.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 27-13 to override Kelly’s veto, exactly the two-thirds majority required. However, in the GOP-controlled House, the 82-43 vote left abortion opponents two votes shy, stunning top Republicans who had expected to prevail. Reps. Kent Thompson, R-LaHarpe, and Kenneth Collins, R-Mulberry, both voted in favor of the ovveride.

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