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Pro-lifers fall one vote short: Kansas House votes to uphold veto of Abortion Pill Reversal Information bill

by | May 2, 2019

By Dave Andrusko

When we posted late last night, the Kansas Senate had voted to override Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of the Abortion Pill Reversal Information bill but the House had fallen short by the narrowest of margins.

One pro-life Representative intentionally switched his vote from favoring the override to supporting the governor’s veto, making the count 82-43. [The threshold is 84 — two-thirds].

And by being on the prevailing side, he was allowed to make a motion to reconsider the override vote within 24 hours.

Unfortunately, that final 84th vote again proved elusive, in this instance on the motion to allow a reconsideration of Wednesday’s vote. The vote was 83-41, one short of the two-thirds majority supporters of SB 67 needed.

“The failure of the House to override Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s veto of SB 67, the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) Notification bill, is a tragedy for women and their unborn babies,” said Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life. “Despite the fact that the APR Notification bill did not become law, the practice of abortion reversal itself will continue in the state of Kansas where there are at least 15 providers. The travesty is that now many women won’t find out about it in time to save their babies.”

Culp added, “Today’s vote does not affect the timing of Kansans for Life’s plan to amend the state’s constitution. We have always said that we plan to act very strategically and take the time necessary to guarantee success, and we will be making announcements on that vitally important subject as warranted.”

Eight states have passed APR legislation–Arizona, Arkansas, South Dakota, Utah, Idaho, North Dakota, Kentucky, and Oklahoma.

Categories: Legislation