The veto failed by the one vote of Wichita Republican Jean Schodorf, right after staging a publicity stunt on the Senate floor by announcing she was emailing an invite to KFL and Planned Parenthood to join her in creating a “compromise” bill.
What hypocrisy—there is no conflict needing re-hashing! Schodorf ALREADY VOTED FOR the exact provisions of HB 2115 when they were part of the 2008 Comprehensive Abortion Reform Act. See details in KFL’s press release here.
That 2008 pro-life vote was calculated to help her win re-election in November 2008 in a very pro-life area of western Kansas. Schodorf needed it to shore up pro-lifers who noted her indecision in 2006, when she had voted both for, and then against, a pro-life bill to correct abortion reporting abuses.
After re-election, Schodorf voted for abortion interests in 2009, and last month, and today– all while indicating to KFL that she was a swing vote who would decide about the bill based on the floor debate.
Schodorf didn’t need to rehear debate about a bill she had already voted for. We thought she was being dishonest, but there was always an outside chance her self-interest would lead her to support the override.
Schodorf is a current candidate for the 4th District Congressional seat held by pro-life stalwart Todd Tiahrt (who is running for U.S. Senate). Schodorf’s vote against override today solidified her profile as the leftist, pro-abortion Republican in the 4-way GOP primary.
No doubt her strategy is to parlay her education supporters and a 3-way split among pro-lifers to achieve victory in the primary, and then by default, over pro-abortion Democrat candidate, Rep. Raj Goyle.
Schodorf’s campaign website boasts Schodorf “works tirelessly for the kids of Kansas.” But that claim is restricted to children that are born.