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BleedingKansas (2)“Bleeding Kansas” was the moniker for our state during the mid-nineteenth century when guerrilla warfare raged between forces for and against slavery, until Kansas was accepted into the Union as a slave-free state in 1861.  That disposition not to yield to evil is seen in the Wichita community’s reaction to the announced opening of a new abortion clinic at the location of the infamous late-term clinic of George Tiller.

Since the death of Tiller in May 2009, a national push to re-open his abortion clinic has been led by the abortion advocacy group, Trust Women, headed by Julie Burkhart.  Burkhart was a Tiller employee who ran his PAC (political action committee) from 2002-2009.

Yesterday, the Associated Press covered Burkhart’s announcement that the South Wind Women’s Center (SWWC) is “expected to open in the next few months with one full-time and two part-time doctors amid heightened security and community outreach efforts.”  SWWC “will offer prenatal, obstetrical and gynecological health care services as well as abortions” and “has contracted with the doctors and has hired most of the other nine or ten people it plans to employ.”

Interestingly, no physician names were divulged, nor whether they are state-licensed, or reside in Kansas.

Kansas abortion clinics are either local physician offices or single-day surgery centers licensed by the state health department (KDHE).  A public records request last week showed no official clinic application is yet on file with KDHE for the SWWC location, possibly because the names of the facility’s physicians would have to be revealed.

The AP report indicated remodeling is scheduled for the clinic to meet the abortion facility standards Kansas passed in 2011. Those licensing and inspection standards –similar to what other states have passed–were long sought by Kansas pro-lifers and were signed into law in the first term of Gov. Sam Brownback.  However, the standards are not in force due to litigation by another abortion clinic in suburban Kansas City.

In a “virtual chat” online at the Trust Women website this fall, SWWC services were touted as medical (pill) abortions, and fertility and transgender services. Burkhart continues to try to erase this community’s memory of the Tiller location as the home of an actual onsite crematorium for unborn children destroyed up through the third trimester.

Kansans for Life (KFL) contends that reopening the place as an abortion clinic would disturb what has become a quiet, residential area.  The KFL citizen petition drive–urging city officials to rezone the area– is well on its way to exceeding the goal of securing 20,000 signatures. “As Wichitans we know that when an abortion clinic opens in a neighborhood everything changes,” said David Gittrich, KFL development director. “Abortions means taxis and traffic, police cars and ambulances, barricades and signs. People who support abortion – and people who believe every abortion kills an innocent baby – come to demonstrate.”

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After over a year of threats by ex-Tiller political operative, Julie Burkhart, to re-establish a Wichita abortion business, the Wichita Eagle reports that Burkhart’s Trust Women group officially owns the old Tiller clinic building.

The Eagle obtained no definitive information about how Burkhart would be using the building, but Kansans for Life had alerted its members September 12th of credible inside information that a Wichita clinic staffed with three non-Kansas abortionists would indeed be opening in January 2013.

If in fact Burkhart does open a business with itinerant abortionists, women will be in much jeopardy. Out-of-state physicians do not have

  • a stake in the community with family ties,
  • a medical reputation to maintain,
  • a permanent real estate investment.

Abortion clinics are notorious for sending abortion-injured women to the hospital without the necessary first-hand information for accurate emergency treatment– apparently what happened in the Tonya Reaves botched abortion death from a Chicago-area Planned Parenthood this July.

This is the reason that a provision requiring local hospital privileges for itinerant abortionists was passed in 2011 as part of the abortion clinic licensure law.  Unfortunately, this law is under injunction and thus not in effect, so the Eagle report is wrong that at least one of Burkhart’s abortionists would have to attain hospital privileges within 30 miles of the clinic.

An abundance of incidents across this nation have documented a variety of schemes with abortionists crossing state lines to take advantage of differing state laws governing abortion. Without a clinic licensure law in effect, the Kansas state health department cannot inspect, restrain, or penalize clinics.

Additionally, the Healing Arts Board cannot discipline a non-resident abortionist who drops his/her license and leaves Kansas.  Even if malpractice has occurred, the Board cannot chase abortionists into other states and force them to return to testify in Kansas, nor can the Board compel information from other state medical boards.  And certainly, personal lawsuits for injury and death on behalf of a woman or her family cannot be filed in other states.

If the information Kansans for Life received is true, the abortionists for the slated new clinic are residents of Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska. Nebraska abortionist LeRoy Carhart, a longtime Tiller-associate, still possesses a Kansas license.

Two other former itinerant Tiller abortionists, Shelly Sella and Susan Robinson, did not renew their Kansas medical licenses after Tiller’s murder.  Although this past year, Kansas State Board of Healing Arts did revoke the medical license of Tiller associate, Kris Neuhaus, for repeatedly violating the medical standard of care, they took no actions to discipline Carhart, Sella and Robinson for fraudulent late-term abortions.

Kansans for Life Executive Director, Mary Kay Culp, commented:

“It is tragic Burkhart appears poised to re-engage in destroying unborn children and exploiting women for money, again using out-of-state abortionists who can escape discipline from the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, and not yet subject to our new licensure law due to litigation; Burkhart knows that illegal abortions in Wichita were not penalized, and more recently, Planned Parenthood escaped prosecution when state documents were shredded with impunity–a situation that key legislators are currently investigating.”

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Kansas pro-lifers can rejoice in Tuesday’s primary results because pro-life candidates, including incumbents, were victorious.

Kansans for Life’s endorsed candidates won handily: In the House, 74%  (31 of 42 races) and in the Senate, 77% (24 of 31 races).

These elections were characterized as a referendum on pro-life Gov. Sam Brownback’s conservative agenda, with the media repeatedly identifying economic conservative groups as major players.  But the GOP rout depended on the candidates’ pro-life credentials and is a reflection of Kansas pro-life persistence, hard work and prayer.

KFL executive director Mary Kay Culp explained: “This continued pattern of electing pro-life legislators is inspired by more than a decade of frustration with the failure to prosecute fraudulent late-term abortions, the Senate resistance to toughening abortion laws, the shameless shredding of evidence of criminal abortion by the Sebelius administration, and the failure of the Senate to throw out the worst state judicial process in the nation, as we watch newly-passed pro-life bills sit in court or head to our extremely liberal state Supreme Court.”

The Senate results were truly stunning: eight ‘moderate’ GOP Senators, including the Kansas Senate President, Steve Morris (with a huge war chest) all lost their primaries Tuesday to authentically pro-life challengers endorsed and promoted by the Kansans for Life political action committee. In addition to Morris, the exiting Senators are: Pete Brungardt (Salina), Bob Marshall (Fort Scott), Tim Owens (Overland Park), Roger Reitz (Manhattan), Jean Schodorf (Wichita), Ruth Teichman (Stafford) and Dwayne Umbarger (Thayer).

Senate President Morris came into his leadership position with a pro-life record, but then betrayed it by rigging Senate committees with pro-abortion majorities and working behind the scenes to hurt pro-life bills! But due to the pro-life routing of ‘moderates’, there is a real possibility that after the November elections, as many as 32 out of 40 Kansas Senate seats could be filled by trusted pro-lifers!

While seven of KFL-endorsed Senate candidates were defeated, in three of those contests, the successful challengers are also pro-life! In fact, the problem KFL faced this cycle was a never-before last minute reconfiguring of legislative districts in June by federal judges. This caused some districts to have two, or even three, proven pro-life incumbent legislators competing with each other.  This problem also stemmed from Morris and his ‘moderate’ GOP associates; they pushed unfair redistricting maps until the legislative session ran out of time and the feds had to do the job—giving us the distinction of being the only state in the nation to fail to fix their maps to reflect census changes (read more here).

By the end of Tuesday evening, only two pro-abortion-voting GOP ‘moderate’ Senators survived KFL candidate challenges: Jay Emler (Lindsborg) and Vicki Schmidt (Topeka).

The retention of Schmidt by only 159 votes is particularly disheartening, as her challenger was Joe Patton, a pro-life champion, three-term state representative, and one of the founders of Kansans for Life. State election reports last week showed Schmidt spent over $200,000 where Patton had spent approximately $60,000 in the same reporting period. The race was not only the most expensive in Kansas electoral history, nasty ads supporting Schmidt were acknowledged by the Topeka newspaper to contain “easily disproved” smears against Patton.

According to the Wichita Eagle, Sen. Carolyn McGinn acknowledged the loss of fellow GOP ‘moderates’ in the Senate: “Wow,” she said. “What kind of life is that going to be?”

Kansans for Life’s answer to that question is: “It will be wonderful!”

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Sen Garrett Love

The Healthcare Rights of Conscience Act, Hsub 62,  passed  the Kansas Senate tonight: 23 -16,with 1 absent, under the shepherding of Sen. Garrett Love (R-Montezuma). The bill had passed the House  on March 29 by a vote of 95-29, 1 absent, having been introduced in the House Judiciary committee by Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe), chairman.

The Healthcare Rights of Conscience Act updates 40-years-old state law protecting health professionals’ right to refuse participation in abortion and sterilization. Specifically, it  will:

  • broaden the institutions covered to any medical facility, not just hospitals,
  • widen the category of morally objectionable procedures to include drugs and devices that are reasonably believed to have abortion-causing effects; and
  • protect against forced referrals for such procedures, drugs and devices.

This bill was needed because the definition of abortion covered by conscience protection, did not include drugs and devices provided to non-pregnant women, i.e. birth control. Yet the line is increasingly blurring between abortion drugs like RU486– intentionally given to cause abortion– and chemically-similar “contraceptive” drugs like ‘Ella’.  And the intense moral decision-making  falls on doctors and pharmacists who actually effectuate the termination of human life.

Medical professionals have the right to keep their first amendment freedom of religion, especially in a culture of death where med schools have largely abandoned the Hippocratic oath. This is an important step to prevent Kansas pro-life medical professionals from being run out of medicine.

Sen. Love ably defended the bill, refusing to get sidetracked from the main issue  by the usual confusing meanderings of pro-abortion (more…)

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From an abortion total of 11,271 in 2006 to a reduction by 30% to 7,851 in 2011, the state health department (KDHE) figures show the fifth year of less abortion in Kansas.

Significantly fewer women actually complete a Kansas abortion after receiving informed consent materials as evidenced by the certifications submitted by clinics to KDHE. In 2010, there were 8,338 abortions after 8,615 women received initial paperwork inside clinics. In 2011, 8,033 certifications were filed, with only 7,851 women returning for an abortion.

UPDATE, March 31: The Kansas City Star reports that Peter Brownlie, president of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, attributes “much of the reduction to the shooting death of Wichita abortion provider George Tiller, who specialized in late-term procedures.” Impossible! Tiller was killed in May 2009 and all abortions “missing due to his absence” were noted in 2009 and finalized in 2010, the first full year without his doors open.

In round numbers, 8,600 women walked into 3 Kansas clinics in 2010 and only 8,000 walked into the same 3 Kansas clinics in 2011 and that had nothing to do with Tiller, nor with increased contraception–another Brownlie assertion.

There may be a direct reason 600 fewer women even stepped inside Kansas abortion clinics– existence of the best state “Woman’s Right to Know” website in the nation, including

  • comprehensive 4-D ultrasound video /audio providing real-time movies of the developing unborn child;
  • clearly marked directory headings for free ultrasounds and help for challenging pregnancies;
  • better written information describing the unborn child’s body systems and beating heart;
  • a 24-hour hotline.

Chemical abortion using the RU486 protocol (mifepristone) dropped 26%, from a high of 2,202 in 2010 (26.4% of annual Kansas abortions) to 1,624 in 2011 (20.7% of annual Kansas abortions). The decrease may stem from (more…)

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Yesterday, the Kansas’ state health department, KDHE, released teen pregnancy data from 1991-2010 so that legislators, policy-makers and the public can monitor “emerging concerns” and “progress in reducing adolescent and teen pregnancy”.

Overall, fewer Kansas girls now get pregnant during their teen years than did 20 years ago. The report also notes, “While Kansas has exceeded the national targets for teen pregnancy, the state’s birth rate for females aged 15-19 remains higher than the national rate.”

Hmm, that last statement needs a bit of parsing: Kansas is seeing lower rates of teens getting pregnant, but–

in contrast to national statistics– an unborn child of a teen mother in Kansas has a higher chance of being born!

That affirmation of life is good news for pro-life Kansans, apart from concerns about the struggles of young single mothers and the statistical hurdles of children without stable, two-parent homes.

As of 2010, 86% of Kansas moms, aged 19 and under, choose life with 13% obtaining abortions. The KDHE report charts the decreasing teen pregnancy rates, breaking out data by race and age groups.

In the analysis of 15-17 year-old Kansas teens in 2010, 14 out of every 1,000 (more…)

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Neuhaus' current KU photo as a "fellow" of public health

Has the Kansas medical license of Kris Neuhaus actually been revoked by the state Healing Arts Board? Not quite, despite certain media headlines.

An “initial order,” that her license be revoked was sent to the Board by Administrative Law Judge, Edward Gashler, who presided over her disciplinary hearing this winter.  The order was made public Tuesday. (Kansans for Life was notified, because we have filed formal complaints with considerable documentation against Neuhaus, accompanied by thousands of citizen signatures.)

And the order strongly indicts Neuhaus’ so-called counsel of young pregnant women seeking late-term abortions in Wichita in 2003. The order also described Neuhaus’ sole professional witness (a KU physician) as “not credible.”

But the order that her license be revoked is not operative quite yet, as it is yet to be reviewed and voted out by a majority of the Board as a “final order”.

Because such matters legally require 10 days notice, the Neuhaus matter will not be on the Board’s regularly scheduled bimonthly meeting this Friday.  It is probably headed for the Board’s April meeting agenda, although technically, the Board could ask to deal with it sooner.

(Neuhaus also is on the calendar for a separate Board-ordered hearing March 8, on whether (more…)

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Sammie Nesslein's grand prize entry

This year’s task in the grade school poster contest was to design a pro-life parade float with the words: Kansans are pro-life. All entrants attend Kansas schools or home-schools. Prize-winning and honorable-mention entries were displayed at the Rally for Life on Monday, where winners received their prize check and a handshake from Gov. Sam Brownback. The top awards went to:

$100 Grand Prize, all divisions:  Sammie Nesslein, Gr. 6-  Prairie Village
$50 1st Place, Gr. 7-8 Division: Molly Muehlebach, Gr. 7- Prairie Village
$25 2nd Place, Gr. 7-8 Division: Madison Masilionis, Gr. 8- Overland Park
$50 1st Place, Gr. 5-6 Division: Clare Sexton, Gr. 6- Leawood
$25 2nd Place, Gr. 5-6 Division: Megan Lynn, Gr. 6- Prairie Village
$50 1st Place, Gr. 3-4 Division: Ethan Northcott, Gr. 4- Kansas City
$25 2nd Place, Gr. 3-4 Division: Catherine Torkelson, Gr. 3- Wichita

12 year-old Cure of Ars student Sammie Nesslein garnered the grand prize for her well- designed  and executed entry.  It featured painted sunflower balloons, hand-drawn characters and 3-d elements, including a battery pack to provide lights in the wheels!  Her poster will be framed for display in the Governor’s office. View the other delightful posters here: (more…)

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Bonnie Scott Jones (PBS photo)

The Pennsylvania grand jury criminal indictments at the “House of Horrors” abortion clinic of Kermit Gosnell was an extra “real-life” incentive for Kansas to pass abortion facility licensure and regulation this spring.

Yesterday, two Gosnell staffers– neither one trained or licensed for the work they did –each pleaded guilty to a variety of charges, including third-degree murder, taking part in a corrupt organization and administering drugs that caused death.

Medical tasks being “handled” by non medically-trained staff is one way abortion businesses cut costs.

Gosnell’s clinic is one example, but Kansas has had plenty of these ‘mills’, like the Kansas City abortion clinic of Krishna Rajanna.

In 2003, a whistle-blower reported that she and other untrained, low-paid, high-school drop-outs hired as receptionists (one who didn’t even speak English) were essentially running Rajanna’s clinic. The whistle-blower met with the local District Attorney, who afterwards asked for help from the state Board of Healing Arts. The Board disciplinary attorney responded they knew Rajanna had problems, but no law existed to correct them.

Eventually, that clinic was closed in 2005, more as a PR measure to give cover for then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to — again– veto an abortion licensure and regulation bill similar to the new law.

CLINICS PROMISE TO SUE REVISED RULES
When the Kansas department of health (KDHE) issued temporary abortion facility regulations for sanitation and patient safety July 1, attorneys for two abortion businesses [Aid for Women,Center for Women's Health] got federal judge Carlos Murguia to block enforcement of the rules. The one remaining Kansas clinic, Planned Parenthood of Kansas Mid-Missouri, filed a similar lawsuit, but dropped it after they were able to meet the requirements.

Now that permanent regulations, slightly revised from the originals, are published and set to go into effect Nov. 14, the clinics are again announcing they will refile a suit. (more…)

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October is breast cancer awareness month, in case you haven’t seen the pink ribbons on practically every consumer item.

According to last week’s bulletin from the state health department (KDHE), 1,916 women were diagnosed in Kansas with breast cancer in 2007 (the most recent year for which statistics are available). In 2009, 369 women and 3 men died of breast cancer in Kansas.

The bulletin said, “Several lifestyle recommendations may reduce the risk of breast cancer. These include avoiding tobacco, staying active, maintaining a healthy body weight, limiting alcohol intake to one or fewer drinks per day, and increasing fiber intake with whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.”

At my mammogram last week, I was asked a series of questions as part of the exam. I was NOT asked anything about smoking, food and alcohol intake or my exercise regimen. I was asked:

  1. at what age did my period begin and menopause begin;
  2. how many pregnancies did I have;
  3. how many children were living;
  4. had I ever used oral contraceptives or post-menopausal hormones.

That is because any honest expert understands that breast cancer is largely an “estrogen” story, and the questions all reflect that.

Estrogen surges at puberty, decreases at menopause, and rises 2000% above monthly peaks during each pregnancy except during nearly all pregnancies that naturally miscarry in the first trimester. Estrogen is also affected by birth-control and menopausal hormonal regimens.

Estrogen multiplies breast cells and breast cells are vulnerable to cancer-causing agents until they mature by having become milk-producing cells.  This is why the World Health Organization has taught for over 50 years (more…)

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