New Kansas Gov. Says Abortion Views Like Sebelius'

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Mark Parkinson says his views on abortion are ``very similar'' to those held by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

But he acknowledges he hasn't studied anti-abortion legislation that she vetoed before leaving the office to him to become U.S. secretary of health and human services.

The bill would increase reporting requirements for doctors who perform late-term abortions. It also would allow them to be sued by former patients and others who came to believe their procedures were illegal.

Sebelius questioned whether the measure was constitutional, a concern that supporters contend is unfounded.

Sebelius was a strong abortion rights supporter, and Parkinson's comments about his stance largely confirm beliefs held by groups on both sides of the debate.

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