‘Catholics-for-a free-choice’ founder, Frances Kissling, is waving the white flag in the face of rapidly disappearing public support for the abortion absolutist position. She points out that it is counter-productive to continue to
- pretend the fetus is invisible,
- seek to banish the state from our lives,
- treat abortion at 26 weeks as no different from one at six weeks.
Yet the very kind of rhetorical time warp this abortion strategist claims is untenable, was advanced by abortion zealots who came to the Capitol to oppose Kansas bills governing abortions in the second half of pregnancy (HB 2035 and HB 2218).
The House Federal & State Affairs committee heard testimony from Kansas N.O.W., TrustWomen PAC and Planned Parenthood that was irrelevant to the content of the bills, dismissive of the unborn child, and argued that it is invalid for government to “intrude” on abortion decisions.
In a weekend Washington Post editorial, Kissling wrote, “We ['prochoicers'] need to firmly and clearly reject post-viability abortions except in extreme cases. Exceptions include when the woman’s life is at immediate risk; when the fetus suffers from conditions that are incompatible with a good quality of life; or when the woman’s health is seriously threatened by a medical or psychological condition that continued pregnancy will exacerbate. We should regulate post-viability abortion to include the confirmation of those conditions by medical or psychiatric specialists.”
Well, Frances is still in a time warp as far as Kansans are concerned!
- We are far past arguing about which big unborn babies with disabilities can live.
- We are not seeking to grow justifications for brutally terminating unborn babies, even when professionally-approved!
- We are promoting ending abortions at least for pain-capable babies, for now.
Kissling is willing now even to admit that clinic regulation is reasonable, and that abortion affects the public welfare.
But that is in the wake of the Kermit Gosnell’s “”House of Horrors” Philadelphia clinic and continuing undercover exposes of Planned Parenthood. Her motivation is clearly because she wants more abortions paid by Medicaid and the military based on an assurance that the abortion business will be more accountable.
Kissling is desperate to solidify some beachhead of credibility to retain tax funding, but she is too late.
With free help available at 73 pregnancy centers in Kansas, including free sonograms at 19 locations, we are creating a Kansas where abortion is unthinkable. Our laws are moving in that direction, not in the direction of validating abortion with more tax dollars.