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Kansas governor vetoes 'abortion reversal' bill, but legislative override still possible

Lara Korte, The Kansas City Star on

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Suellentrop said there's nothing coercive about the measure.

"There's no forcing anyone into this treatment," Suellentrop said. "It's just a notification that the option exists."

Rep. John Eplee, R-Atchison, introduced the legislation in February, saying it was important to give women all the facts before they go through with an abortion. Eplee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Kansans for Life, the state's largest anti-abortion group, said Kelly has done a "disservice to Kansas women" and called on the legislature to override her veto.

"It is ridiculous to paint the protocol as untested, and medically unsound," Executive Director Mary Kay Culp said. "The bill's chief sponsor, Dr. John Eplee, is this year's Kansas Family Practitioner of the Year."

There have been limited studies on the effects of such a method. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists largely discredits the "reversal" theory, saying that studies are not scientific and that legislative mandates like SB 67 represent "dangerous political interference and compromise patient care and safety."

On Monday, Planned Parenthood Great Plains lobbyist Rachel Sweet said the organization was thrilled with Kelly's decision.


"This veto sends a strong message to all Kansans that our governor believes every person has the right to make their own personal medical decisions without political interference," Sweet said in a statement.

This is Kelly's second veto since taking office in January. In March, she vetoed SB 22, a Republican-supported tax bill that would have cut taxes on multinational corporations and cost the state millions in annual revenue.

Legislators return to Topeka on May 1.

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