Abortion-supporters Planned Parenthood, Kansas N.O.W. and TrustWomen (a Washington D.C. Political Action Group founded by George Tiller’s long-time lobbyist Julie Burkhart) oppose HB 2218, the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act. HB 2218 will ban abortions after 22 weeks gestation because of the excruciating pain felt by the unborn at this age.
Abortion supporters cannot seriously challenge the data so they falsely claim this bill interferes with medical treatment of high risk pregnancies, even with specialists denying it.
Legislators are being warned not to intrude on the “rights” of parents of unborn children with disabilities to abort them past the midterm of pregnancy–a “prenatal euthanasia.“ One Kansas legislator, Rep. Barbara Bollier (R-Mission Hills), strongly defends this position by distributing a drawing of a baby without a brain!
We have great compassion for parents of unborn babies diagnosed with lethal problems, but we must affirm the right to life of those children–no matter how sad and short their days on earth.
As similar “unborn Pain” bills are moving forward in other states, abortion-supporting groups are commanding the media to focus on “sad stories” of unhealthy pregnancies. For several years, abortion supporters have tried to frighten legislators that treating a condition called TTTS (twin to twin transfusion syndrome) requires abortion.
Thursday’s Senate Judiciary committee heard from Tiffany Campbell about her TTTS abortion. She has been utilized on Youtube and in other states to support Obamacare, and oppose state ballot initiatives for Personhood, and fetal pain bills.
After several years telling her story as having been pregnant 22 weeks gestation at the time of her abortion, Campbell issued a correction to the Lincoln Journal Star on April 16, 2010 that her medical records actually showed her abortion had taken place when she was not quite 18 weeks pregnant.
Campbell first testified Feb. 16 in the Kansas House Fed-State committee that her abortion was intended to save one TTTS twin. Later in the same hearing, she said her condition had been life-threatening. In the March 17 Senate Judiciary committee, she did not testify that her condition had been life-threatening, nor did she claim her condition was found too late to get a legal abortion prior to 22 weeks gestation. It’s time for abortion supporters to leave this poor woman alone to grieve.
TTTS is a relatively rare condition that occurs when identical twins have different sacs in the womb but share the same placenta. This can result in uneven fluid volume and/or blood flow from one twin to the other through connections between blood vessels in the shared placenta. TTTS can threaten the life of one twin,but does NOT necessarily threaten the life of the mother. If it is life-threatening to the mother, abortion is permitted.
Best practices recommend laser ablation, a 2-hour outpatient procedure during which the shared blood vessels are separated in the placenta. Also recommended is one or more amniocentesis procedures to remove fluid or create a permanent drainage hole. TTTS treatment by laser ablation has rapidly improved since its creation in 2001.
Kansas has less than 46,300 pregnancies per year, (total of live births, stillbirths & state-resident abortions). Statistically, less than 2/3 of 1%, would be twins sharing one placenta –which would be 297 in Kansas. Of those 297, only 10-15% (45) would involve TTTS twins, and of those 45, only one third would need medical attention. Thus, statistically, in Kansas, only 15 twin pregnancies annually are TTTS-vulnerable, requiring treatment. Laser ablation, with a success rate of up to 85%, could save 26 babies.
Abortions for TTTS are not medically recommended. What IS recommended for all twin pregnancies is regular ultrasound exams beginning at least by 18 weeks gestation. Under HB 2218, abortions could still be legally obtained prior to 22 weeks gestation for any reason.