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The Latest: Push to overturn Kansas abortion ruling to wait

May 2, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the debate over abortion in Kansas (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

Abortion opponents are waiting until next year to try to overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights.

Their plans signal that they may not have enough support yet to push the necessary state constitutional amendment through the Republican-controlled Legislature.

GOP legislative leaders were outraged by last week’s ruling but said they plan to take their time in responding to the ruling, despite the threat of state courts overturning existing abortion restrictions. Kansans for Life, the state’s most influential anti-abortion group, says it needs time to organize the push to get a proposition on the ballot.

Abortion opponents also fell just short this week of overriding Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of an anti-abortion bill. They would need the same two-thirds majorities to pass a constitutional change.

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11:40 a.m.

The Kansas House has voted again to uphold Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of a bill requiring abortion providers to tell patients that a medication abortion can be stopped once it has been started.

The vote Thursday in the Republican-controlled House was 83-41 to reconsider a vote Wednesday against overriding the Democratic governor’s veto, one short of the two-thirds majority that the bill’s supporters needed. It means the 82-43 vote Wednesday sustaining the veto stands.

Legislative rules allow members to reconsider actions within 24 hours, giving abortion opponents a chance to save the bill.

Kelly called the bill an unwarranted intrusion into patient-doctor relationships. Supporters said it ensures that women who have misgivings about ending their pregnancies know they can stop a medication abortion after taking the first of two pills.

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