Abortion Bill Override Falls Short

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Anti-abortion senators have failed to override Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' veto of new restrictions on abortion providers.

The vote Wednesday was 25-14. Supporters of the bill needed 27 of 40 votes, a two-thirds majority.

Besides imposing new restrictions, the measure would have allowed lawsuits to block late-term procedures.

When she vetoed the measure, Sebelius argued it could deny women lifesaving medical care. But abortion opponents said Sebelius' action shows that she holds radical views.

The measure was partly a response to allegations that Dr. George Tiller has performed illegal late-term abortions at his Wichita clinic. Tiller is among the few U.S. physicians who perform such procedures. He says he follows state law.

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