Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Kansas Gov. Vetoes Abortion Reporting Bill

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) on Friday vetoed a measure (SB 528) that would have required physicians who perform late-term abortions to supply the state with data about the women undergoing the procedure, the Kansas City Star reports. The bill would have required physicians to submit to state health officials information detailing fetal abnormalities, the pregnant woman's health and the name of the physician who authorized the abortion. Sebelius in her veto message wrote that the measure did not take steps to reduce the number of abortions, adding, "Instead, it will force women to provide intimate, sensitive health information to the government." She also wrote, "Privacy is a fundamental concern to all Kansans" (Sullinger, Kansas City Star, 5/20). .

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