The governor of Kansas on Thursday vetoed a bill aimed at restricting access to late-term abortions and allowing a woman's family members to sue abortion providers without her consent.
The move comes two weeks after born-again Christian Scott Roeder was sentenced to life in prison for shooting doctor George Tiller to death in the foyer of his Wichita, Kansas church.
Tiller, 67, was one of a handful of doctors in the United States who performed abortions during the third trimester of pregnancy and his clinic was closed in the wake of his May 2009 slaying.
"I was certainly hopeful, and so were lots of people on various sides of the abortion issue, that the legislature would refrain from taking up controversial abortion bills this session given the trauma of Dr. Tiller's assassination," Peter Brownlie, chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, told AFP.
Brownlie welcomed the veto and said he wished the legislature would focus on passing the state's budget rather than engaging in "a sham exercise in political posturing."
I guess Dr LeRoy Carhart will have a place to practice now that his Nebraska practice has been effectively stymied.