The Republican-controlled Kansas Senate voted 27-13 to override Gov. Laura Kelly’s (D) veto of a bill that would have required abortionists to inform patients of the availability of abortion pill reversal. The Kansas House, however, failed to override the veto with a vote of 82-43 despite having a Republican majority. They were one vote short with Republican Rep. Jan Kessinger voting against the veto along with four Democrats who had originally voted in favor of the bill.
Abortion Pill Rescue is a 24-7 helpline at 1-877-558-0333 that helps women who have taken the first of the two-dose abortion pill and regret it. There are over 500 doctors available around the country to help these women save their babies. The success rate is 68 percent if the regimen is started within 72 hours of taking the first abortion pill. Doctors administer progesterone to the woman, a natural pregnancy-supporting hormone, in order to counteract the abortion pill.
The Kansas bill, which passed in both the Senate and House before being vetoed by the governor, would simply require abortion facilities to display a notice about abortion pill reversal and any abortionist would have to inform the woman in writing that it exists. In failing to do so, a clinic could be fined $10,000 and an abortionist could be charged with a misdemeanor. A second offense would be charged as a felony. The bill’s sponsors believe women have the right to know of this option should they regret their abortion decision.
“It merely gives them the information to make the most informed decision for their health and that of their unborn child,” said Rep. Renee Erickson.
Abortion proponents claim that research regarding the pill is controversial and more studies need to be conducted. Kessinger said that he learned more information regarding the abortion pill between his first vote and his second that convinced him not to override the veto, saying he thought more research was needed on abortion reversal. However, in medicine, there are often multiple opinions about treatments and what doctors feel works best. There are also experimental treatments that patients turn to when they are fighting for their lives. Abortion pill reversal offers a 68 percent chance of saving a baby’s life and that’s something any mother who wants to save her child would want to know about.
“I’m disappointed that we have one Republican that has stood against the whole caucus,” said House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins. “That’s not a good thing.”
For more information on abortion pill reversal, visit Abortion Pill Rescue.
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