Kansas’ new governor vetoes mandate on abortion ‘reversal’

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ new Democratic governor has vetoed a measure that would require abortion providers to tell patients about a disputed treatment to stop a medication abortion after it’s been started.

Gov. Laura Kelly’s action Monday sets up a confrontation with the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Supporters of the abortion “reversal” bill appear to have the two-thirds majorities needed in both chambers to override Kelly’s veto. Lawmakers return from a weekslong break on May 1.

Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Utah, South Dakota, North Dakota and Kentucky all have similar laws.

Abortion opponents contend such measures ensure that women harboring doubts about ending their pregnancies will learn that they can stop a medication abortion after the first of two pills.

Abortion-rights supporters say such mandates force doctors to present patients with dubious information.

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