WICHITA, KS — Governor Kathleen Sebelius vetoed HB 2503, the Women’s Health Protection Act, late Friday just minutes after a media appearance in Wichita, KS, where she was met by Operation Rescue who urged her to sign the measure that would have required abortion clinics to be licensed and regulated. The measure had passed both houses of the Kansas Legislature by an overwhelming supermajority.
“Sebelius has shown cowardice in vetoing this bill late Friday on the last day allowed by law,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “If she was proud of the documented filthy abortion clinic conditions where dead rats are putrefying next to open buckets of dead babies, and proud that a Texas teen died at an unregulated abortion mill in January, then she should have vetoed in the light of day when it first came to her desk.”
Sebelius stated in her veto message that “As governor, nothing is more important to me than the safety and good health of our citizens. Kansans must be assured when they receive care in a hospital or clinic that their providers meet high standards of safety and responsibility.”
However, Operation Rescue sees those words as hypocritical, at best.
“There is a crisis at the abortion clinics in our state that does not exist in any other medical profession. If the governor truly cared about the safety and good health of women, she would not have vetoed this bill and allowed these deplorable conditions to continue,” said Newman.
“Sebelius is acting more concerned about catering to her crony and big campaign donor, abortionist George Tiller, who lines her campaign coffers with blood money, than she is concerned about the women who are being maimed and killed in our state’s dangerous abortion mills,” said OR spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger, who submitted documentation of five botched abortions and one abortion-related death to the Kansas Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare. “Sebelius has accused legislators of playing politics with this bill, but in reality this is the most tragic example of the proverbial pot calling the kettle black.”
Photos of OR’s Outreach to Sebelius minutes before veto