Abortion rights supporters in Kansas urged Gov. Mark Parkinson on Wednesday to veto a proposal that would prevent the state from paying Planned Parenthood to provide services for poor residents.


     Abortion rights supporters in Kansas urged Gov. Mark Parkinson on Wednesday to veto a proposal that would prevent the state from paying Planned Parenthood to provide services for poor residents.
    Legislators who oppose abortion added the proposal to a $13.7 billion state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 before it was approved last week. Parkinson has until May 28 to decide whether to use his power to veto individual budget items.
    Planned Parenthood clinics in Hays and Wichita are due to receive at least $232,000 during the next fiscal year, according to the state Department of Health and Environment. Those funds, which pass from the federal government through the state, aren't allowed to pay for abortions.
    The governor's spokesman, Seth Bundy, wouldn't speculate on what Parkinson will do, but he vetoed a similar line item last year. About 10 abortion rights supporters delivered petitions signed by hundreds of people to the governor's office Wednesday.
    Planned Parenthood officials said the Hays clinic may have to close if the state doesn't provide the funds.
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