Thursday, April 23, 2009
Abortion opponents soon will learn whether a bill they support on late-term procedures will become law.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a strong abortion rights supporter, has until the end of Thursday to act on the bill.
Her actions are being closely watched by anti-abortion groups because she is awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation as federal health and human services secretary.
She can sign the bill, veto it or do nothing. If she does nothing, the measure becomes law without her signature — but it's rare for a governor to do nothing.
The measure increases reporting requirements for doctors who perform late-term abortions and allows lawsuits against them if a patient later comes to believe such a procedure was illegal.