Archive for May, 2010

Gov. Mark Parkinson’s predictable veto of the Huelskamp/Kinzer proviso, secures an estimated $375,000 in federal Title X money for Planned Parenthood clinics in Wichita and Hays.

Minutes away from those two locations, Kansas public health clinics that qualify for those tax-payer funds –and also offer comprehensive health services to low income people of all ages–are struggling to keep their doors open. (Read about Kansas Title X clinics in KFL press release here.)

This is the second year that the governor vetoed this prioritization of Title X funds by claiming the law prohibited Kansas from prioritizing “safety net” clinics and cutting off funds Planned Parenthood. However, the Kansas health department admitted no federal law prevents it.

Parkinson, like President Obama, is indebted to abortion (more…)

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Pandora's Box well-symbolizes The Pill's unmitigated problems

Recent blog posts here have discussed why tax monies should never go to Planned Parenthood, and specifically in Kansas, Title X “family planning” money.  We would prefer that all such money be used for disease screening and prenatal care, instead of contraceptive shots, devices and pills.

(Update June 14: Planned Parenthood’s stealth grab for more federal tax money.)

In every nation where contraception is increased, abortion has never decreased.  Sexually permissive, contraceptive-friendly “blue” states have significantly higher abortion rates than “red” states, according to data from both the Centers for Disease Control and the Guttmacher Institute (Planned Parenthood’s research arm).  That is because increased contraception does not reduce pregnancy:

  • 54% of abortion-seeking U.S. women were using  contraception when they became pregnant;
  • in the first year of contraceptive use, over 16% of teens will become pregnant;
  • 47% of cohabiting, contracepting teens will get pregnant;
  • increased access to contraception gives teens a false sense of security, leading to earlier onset of sexual activities, more sex partners and thus counteracting any intended reduction in pregnancy.

Princeton analyzed 23 studies conducted through 2006 to show if abortion rates and access to emergency contraception (“EC” or “morning-After” pills) are related.  Not even one study showed that EC reduced abortion.  Studies in UK and Sweden verify that increased promotion and distribution of EC and contraception has failed to lower (more…)

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Planned Parenthood in Wichita, and its sister site in Hays, are slated for $375,000 from Title X, the tax-funded, federal family planning program.

But Planned Parenthood isn’t needed!  Wichitans could walk a few blocks from PP’s location to the county health department and get the same low cost, or free, Title X services.  (Hays is located 30 min. from local health services in either direction.)

With an 11% cut this year, Wichita’s health department gets half the amount of Planned Parenthood.  In fact, just those 2 private PP clinics eat up 13% of the Kansas Title X  monies.  (See state data obtained by KFL.) (more…)

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Former Deputy AG Eric Rucker

The battle to prosecute Wichita and Johnson County abortion businesses–  begun by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline in 2003– is still not over.

Exactly one year ago, the Johnson County assistant District Attorney argued before the state Supreme Court that they should end the forced silence imposed on a district judge the Court had put in charge of abortion files.  No ruling has yet been issued, and the 107 criminal charges against the Overland Park Planned Parenthood clinic remain in limbo.

Related to the Wichita case, Kline’s  former deputy, Eric Rucker, was questioned by an ethics panel Thursday about his candor before the state Supreme Court 5 years ago.   After 15 months of media sensationalism over ethics charges against Kline’s prosecutorial team, the professional misconduct case against Rucker narrowed significantly.

“Not a single allegation from the original complaint remains,” Rucker’s attorney Caleb Stegall told the panel. “Every allegation by the Disciplinary Administrator has been dismissed or abandoned.”

Stegall said Rucker was a lawyer for 28 years before he recently retired and had never had a disciplinary action before.  (more…)

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In the Kansas state annual budget, many projects and services are funded.   Some are noble; some are awful, (Corrected w/headline 5/13) like helping Planned Parenthood stay on the federal trough.

A provision to both this year’s and last year’s state budget (on p. 1755 of this link) was added by Sen. Tim Huelskamp (R-Fowler) and Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe).  Without naming Planned Parenthood, it directly affects them as they have been getting this federal money every year.

Cutting through the formal language, the Huelskamp/Kinzer provision instructs that family planning services financed in any way under “Title X” federal rules, must be contracted primarily with public health clinics and secondarily with qualified non-public hospitals or health centers that provide comprehensive health care.

In plain language, Kansas wants to support the local health clinics that see patients of all ages and provide a wide range of services including immunizations, screenings, physicals, and referrals.  (more…)

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Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson is  reportedly anxious to sign the new state budget, passed Tuesday.   But since the budget contains two provisions he vetoed last year (support for pregnancy-help centers
and defunding of Planned Parenthood) pro-lifers are anxious.

The Huelskamp/Kinzer amendment redirects family planning tax monies to local health clinics and hospitals instead of Planned Parenthood, while the Stan Clark Fund provides matching grants to non-profits that support mothers in crisis.

Sen. Tim Huelskamp (R-Fowler) and Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe) offered the   motions to defund Planned Parenthood (PP)and Rep. Peggy Mast (R-Emporia) and Sen. Carolyn McGinn (R-Sedgwick) were key to securing $200 thousand dollars grant money for the Stan Clark Fund.

Last year, Parkinson outraged pro-lifers when he UPDATE not only restored, but raised (by 22%) their Title X funding to $314 thousand dollars! (more…)

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This week, 14 pro-abortion state senators united to stop legislation– AGAIN– to enforce Kansas law protecting viable babies of 22 – 40 weeks gestation.  After the House successfully overrode the governor’s veto of HB 2115, the Senate failed by a vote of 26-14 (27 votes were needed.)

Ironically, during the same time period, the global online world discovered Italy was serious about its ban on late-term abortions (law 194), after an abortion-surviving infant lived for 2 days. Italian authorities were actively investigating whether the mother was actually suffering a medical risk, necessitating an abortion at 22 weeks.

This is precisely the issue in Kansas, where, since 1998, abortion is allowed on viable babies ONLY to prevent maternal death or “substantial and IRREVERSIBLE” bodily damage.  However, the thousands of late-term abortions done in Kansas under this exception have never been genuinely documented… and our Governor, and those 14 Senators upholding his veto, don’t care.

Lifesite news reported that the Italian abortion incident was discovered by a priest, who had come to pray for the infant’s soul.  However, the priest was shocked to find that the child was moving and breathing, (more…)

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Today, it was raw ambition and chutzpah –not Courage– that surfaced during the nearly successful Senate veto override for pro-life bill, HB 2115.

The veto failed by the one vote of Wichita Republican  Jean Schodorf, right after staging a publicity stunt on the Senate floor by announcing she was emailing an invite to  KFL and Planned Parenthood to join her in creating a “compromise” bill.

What hypocrisy—there is no conflict needing re-hashing!  Schodorf ALREADY VOTED FOR the exact provisions of HB 2115 when they were part of the 2008 Comprehensive Abortion Reform Act.  See details (more…)

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With a vote of 86 for, 35 against and 4 not voting, the House veto override of HB 2115 was successful.  17 of the 49 House Democrats and 69 of the 76 Republicans voted for override.   Read the total vote tally here.

The override now heads to the Senate, where it will likely end up depending on the courage–or fear–of a single Senator.  The override needs 27 votes and 13 of the 40 Senators (8 of the 9 Democrats) are solid abortion-supporters.  We need not only the dependable 22 pro-lifers , but also every one of the 5 “part-time” pro-life Senators to vote for override.

This is the 5th YEAR in a row that a Kansas governor (Sebelius, and now Parkinson) has vetoed a pro-life measure –banking on the Senate opposition to falter.

Since 2006, Kansas lawmakers have passed proposals to stop the  KDHE from accepting abortion reports without the legally required maternal medical documentation. (more…)

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