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Sims' position secure

September 11, 1997
By: Jennifer Sheffield
State Capital Bureau

The lone Republican who voted against the partial-birth abortion over-ride has the support of the party leader.

Jennifer Sheffield has the story in Jefferson City.

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Although Republicans grumble over the narrow over-ride defeat, Steve Ehlmann says Senator Betty Sims' position as Minority Whip will not change.

Meanwhile, Senator Pete Kinder who sponsored the bill banning partial-birth abortions calls Sims' decisive vote a grave mistake.

Sims, a St. Louis County Senator, says she did not allow political lines to determine her vote.

Actuality: Senator Betty Sims
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Contents: Sims says she did not think in terms of politics, and hopes that no one believes this makes her a bad Republican.

According to Sims, a lack of specifics in the bill caused her to reject the over-ride.

I'm Jennifer Sheffield in Jefferson City.