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! That was totally a political favor, since struggling public health facilities could have performed the same services and been more stable with that steady income.
Tax money Planned Parenthood gets “for contraception” helps keep them in business as the nation’s largest abortion chain, facing 107 criminal charges in Kansas and numerous criminal investigations in other states.
To rub salt in the wound, Parkinson last year also completely axed the Stan Clark fund. The groups that deserved those matching grants operate crisis pregnancy hotlines, and provide counseling and support services. They save lives and improve women’s health and yet they were penalized.
Last month, Parkinson vetoed a late-term abortion bill, HB 2115, which the Senate fell one vote shy of overriding. At this late date, if he vetoes the PP funding restriction and the pregnancy center grants, there will be nothing lawmakers can do. Parkinson needs to hear from pro-lifers immediately!