Pro-life Victory! Late-term Bill Passes As New Stats Show Late-term Abortions Up 10% and Post-Viable 13%
Late on April 4, 2009, the last day of the legislative session, the Kansas Senate sent Gov. Sebelius a bill regulating late-term and partial birth abortions, HsubSB218!
Action in the closing hours was spurred by two recent bombshells:
(1) release* of 2008 state abortion data showing late-term abortions rose 10% and postviabililty abortions rose 13%
(2) last week’s state medical board announcement that they are seeking to revoke George Tiller’s license.
Most of HsubSB218 was taken from the Comprehensive Abortion Reform Act (CARA) vetoed last year by the governor, without two provisions she objected to. The measure closes loopholes in diagnostic reporting for post-viability abortions and improves the partial birth abortion law to exclude “mental health” reasons, using Supreme Court-approved language.
The House had passed the measure 82-43 and the Senate agreed with a vote of 25-11 with 2 absences and 2 not voting. To override a Governor’s veto, 84 votes in the House and 27 in the Senate are needed.
“Both chambers are 2 votes shy of override, but if the Governor vetoes the bill, remember that those numbers are not set in stone,” said KFL Legislative Director Kathy Ostrowski. She continued, “LeRoy Carhart does late-term abortions with George Tiller every few weeks in Wichita. Carhart has twice battled all the way to the US Supreme Court to protect his ‘right’ to use this grizzly partial birth procedure. When lawmakers who didn’t vote for this bill are asked by constituents why they voted against adopting the best available restrictions on partial birth abortions, especially given that the number-one promoter of such abortions works here in our state, the vote to achieve override should improve.”
Thanks to all who contacted their legislators to pass the bill!
A separate email informing you how your state representative and senator voted is forthcoming. This will also contain contact info for them and the Governor’s office. See bill summary here.
* NOTE: Were state statistics, harmful to Sebelius’ HHS nomination, held back? The annual Kansas abortion statistics for the prior year are always released on or before the last day of March each year, but this year March 31 came and went with no such release. The first confirmation hearing for Governor Sebelius’ nomination as HHS secretary was held in Washington, D.C. that day, and the final one was Thursday morning, April 2. Thursday evening, KFL emailed the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to inquire why the release of their annual abortion statistics was late, and if it had anything to do with the Governor. The email was copied to capitol reporters. Friday morning the statistics were released, and KFL received an email response to our inquiry with links to the statistics. The question related to the Governor was not addressed.
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