Monday, May 29, 2006

Sebelius uses veto message to massage abortion issue

TOPEKA, Kan. - What Gov. Kathleen Sebelius does and says about abortion frequently upsets abortion opponents, in keeping with her long history of supporting abortion rights. Still, anti-abortion legislators and activists served up an extra dollop or two of outrage over Sebelius' veto earlier this month of a bill requiring doctors to provide more information to the state about the late-term abortions they perform. The veto message appeared to set off abortion opponents more than the governor's veto. The governor mentioned her Catholic faith and its teaching that life is sacred, then suggested she had worked to reduce the number of abortions in Kansas and would continue to do so. How dare she, her critics asked, sound like an abortion opponent? But Sebelius' message wasn't written for anti-abortion activists or even legislators but, as such messages often are, for voters.

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