Pro-life leader Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe) has confirmed to the media that in 2011, there would be a priority in revisiting abortion laws that had been vetoed over the past 8 years. Some of those measures included provisions to:
- insure sanitary abortion sites with trained personnel;
- close administrative loopholes that allow abortionists to file false records;
- correct the clinic admission procedure (for minors) that predators can manipulate.
Already the Kansas City Star is wording its reports to raise the ire of Kansas’ abortion supporters. Their Saturday legislative preview included the warning that with “an ally in the governor’s office, expect proposals to curtail abortion rights.” But the so-called ‘right’ to abortion is not the right for abortionists to profit from outrageously deficient clinics.
What the resurrected vetoed bills will do is curtail Kansas abortionists’ misbehavior.
Neither the KCStar –or Sebelius–were outraged at the shoddy clinic pictured, or abortion clinic death and injuries. Both fret about abortionists being sued.
Thursday’s KCStar article reminded that — under incoming Governor Brownback– women and families may gain stronger standing to sue for illegal abortions. Pro-abortion voices have reduced the comprehensive abortion reform bill of 2008 (CARA) to this one provision, and misstated it as allowing pro-life family members to interfere with a determined woman or minor’s scheduled abortion.
ABORTION OVERSIGHT DEVELOPED
The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision (that declared a right to abortion) removed many states’ protective laws. Abortion mills flourished and early court decisions seemed aimed at protecting abortionists’ rights, not those of women.
Since that time, pro-lifers have worked to challenge the legality of Roe and subsequent abortion rulings, and have gradually obtained more favorable rulings.
In the Casey decision, the Court stated that after viability, the states could assert some limitations (including waiting periods and the content of state-issued medical information). This ruling enabled passage of the 1997 Kansas “Woman’s Right to Know” statutes.
In 1998, Kansas passed what was designed to be a tight ban on late-term abortions, especially when viability was detected. Unfortunately, such late post-viability abortions rose, not ended, in the following years.
Abortion corruption escalated during the Sebelius administration, triggering grand juries and a special legislative investigation. Her bill vetoes–and actions of her 2 hand-picked attorney generals– focused on preserving the abortionists’ unfettered businesses.
However, more recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings point out that state oversight of abortion businesses is well-justified. The Court’s 2007 Gonzales decision included these declarations:
- “the government [has an] interest in protecting the integrity and ethics of the medical profession;”
- ” the law need not give abortion doctors unfettered choice in the course of their medical practice, nor should it elevate their status above other physicians in the medical community;” and
- “the State may use its regulatory power to bar certain procedures and substitute others, all in furtherance of its legitimate interests in regulating the medical profession in order to promote respect for life, including life of the unborn.”
The 2011 legislative session will be on firm constitutional ground with proposals designed to regulate abortion businesses and protect women from abortion profiteering.