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SPONSOR VOWS TO OVERRIDE VETO ON ABORTION BAN

The sponsor of a strict anti-abortion bill vetoed by Gov. Buddy Roemer said Saturday that he will push for an override vote early this week.

Democratic Rep. Sam Theriot said he is confident he has enough votes, even though the Legislature has not overturned a veto in this century."We feel we're going to be in the driver's seat where we need to be, and the Legislature is going to vote to override," Theriot said.

Theriot said he planned to rally supporters on Monday and push for an override vote by Tuesday.

Abortion-rights activists expected the Legislature to sustain Roemer, as it did when the governor vetoed a stricter bill last year.

"It is as hard as it was last year, but it is as do-able as last year," said Terri Bartlett, executive director of Planned Parenthood of Louisiana.

Theriot's bill, which both sponsors and foes said would be the nation's toughest, would penalize doctors who perform abortions except to save a woman's life or in cases of rape and incest. Offenders could be sent to prison for 10 years and fined $100,000.