Kansas governor hopeful criticizes rival on abortion rights - KCTV5 News

Kansas governor hopeful criticizes rival on abortion rights

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A leading Democratic candidate for Kansas governor is suggesting that one of her main rivals is misleading voters about his stance on abortion.

State Sen. Laura Kelly of Topeka made the comment about former Kansas Agriculture Secretary Joshua Svaty during a televised forum Wednesday evening.

Kelly has had a strong abortion-rights voting record in the Legislature. Another major Democratic candidate, former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, also has been vocal in supporting abortion rights.

Svaty served seven years in the Kansas House before becoming agriculture secretary in 2009 and consistently supported anti-abortion legislation. But he has promised to veto any new restrictions if elected.

He said during the forum that he would support the right of women to make their own health care decisions.

Kelly's then pointed to Svaty's legislative record.

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