Abortion, Weapons Decisions Expected Monday

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Kathleen Sebelius faces a decision about legalizing the ownership of machine guns, other weapons and silencers, as well as what information a woman should receive before getting an abortion.

Legislators approved a bill earlier this month to allow individuals to own machine guns, other fully automatic weapons, sawed-off shotguns and silencers. The governor had until Monday to decide whether to sign or veto it, as well as a separate bill imposing new abortion restrictions.

State law limits the possession of such weapons. In December, the attorney general's office issued a legal opinion saying part of the law is so restrictive that only law enforcement agencies can possess silencers. That means no dealer can have them in Kansas, even to deliver to those agencies.

Supporters believe the new law will benefit mostly collectors.

Some abortion opponents expect Sebelius to veto the abortion bill. She's a strong abortion rights supporter.

The measure would allow patients, their spouses or family members to sue an abortion provider if they believe the provider violated restrictions on late-term abortions. They also could go to court to stop a late-term abortion if they believed it would be illegal.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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