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Friday, April 16, 2010

Kansas governor vetoes restrictions on late-term abortions

Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson has vetoed a law that would put restrictions on late-term abortions and redefine when a fetus is viable. A Democrat, he followed his predecessor, Kathleen Sebelius, who rejected a similar bill before becoming U.S. secretary for Health and Human Services.

"Kansas' current law concerning abortion was passed more than a decade ago and strikes a reasonable balance on a very difficult issue," Parkinson said in his veto message, which was buried in a news release about the signing of a shield law for journalists. "I support the current law and believe that an annual legislative battle over the issue is not in the public's best interest." He added that "all abortions are tragedies," but the decision "is a private decision and should not be dictated by public officials."

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