Kansas Statehouse
3:19 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Abortion Veto Override Fails In Kansas Senate

Topkea, Kan. – The Kansas Senate today failed to override Gov. Mark Parkinson's veto of an abortion bill. It would have required doctors performing late-term abortions to provide more information to the state. It would have also allowed for more lawsuits against abortion providers.

"Someday, I hope the unborn has a voice in these chambers," Senator Ralph Ostmeyer, a Grinnell Republican, said on the Senate floor following the vote. "I'm disappointed that we don't want to talk about it. We will have a change in Governor. We will get this passed."

The tally came out just one vote shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override Governor Parkinson's veto. Earlier this week the House successfully voted to override the veto. Therefore, a successful vote in the Senate would have put the law into effect.