Kansas lawmakers override vetoes on abortion reporting, coercion bills

Abortion rights supporters said they disregard the will of voters.
Kansas House health committee Chair Brenda Landwehr (R) confers with Majority Leader Chris Croft (R) during a vote on overriding Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s (D) veto of a transgender bathroom bill, Thursday, April 27, 2023, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas will enact two laws tightening rules surrounding abortions after the Republican-controlled legislature easily overrode vetoes from Gov. Laura Kelly (D).

One bill would make it a crime, punishable by up to a year in prison and a $10,000 fine, to “coerce” someone to get an abortion. The other bill would require health care providers to ask their patients about why they are seeking abortions and report that information to the state.

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