In 1998, Kansas passed a law banning post-viability abortions, but without civil remedies for victims of illegal abortions. (The beauty of civil remedies is shown in the case of O. J. Simpson, who was successfully sued in civil court by the family of his victim, even though O.J. had been exonerated in the criminal trial.)
Tragically, several thousands of supposedly-banned abortions took place in Kansas without criminal prosecutions. That’s why we need the law to include civil remedies–the ability to sue for illegal abortions by the individual woman, her spouse (if they were married at the time of the abortion) or her parent/guardians (if she was a minor at the time of the abortion).
A law with those provisions was vetoed by Gov. Sebelius both in 2008 and 2009. Michelle Armesto wishes she had the ability to sue for her illegal abortion, and repeatedly was denied an audience with Gov. Sebelius to encourage her to sign such a law.
The late-term clinic where Michelle was victimized is now closed, but its current closure is no reason not to insure Kansas does not remain an inviting place for new abortion profiteers to take up residence, or before Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri decides to offer even later-term abortions than they already do.
For the first time in 20 years, from July 2008-October 2009, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts functioned without an abortionist-protecting director. During this period under new director Jack Confer, the Board began license revocation for what they declared to be illegal abortions done from 2003-2008 in Wichita.
Unfortunately, director Confer quit before any of the physicians involved have been penalized– and none of the victims can sue under current law. That needs to change.