Possibly emboldened by the events in Wisconsin, five members of the Senate Judiciary committee played hooky on Monday to deny a quorum needed to vote out pro-life bills– but citizen uproar forced them back to the table in the evening.
After the Senate recessed for the day, Judiciary Chair Tim Owens (R-Overland Park) reconvened the committee and they voted out to the full Senate, 2 of 3 pro-life measures that received a hearing last Thursday. The first bill passed was HB 2035, Late- term Reporting Accuracy & Parental Rights Act, which
- contains twice-vetoed provisions to curb inauthentic statistical reporting by abortionists;
- strengthens parental involvement in teen abortions from notice by mail to signed consent;
- requires parental waiver protocols by courts to provide minors with better assessment, and sexual abuse reporting.
The second bill, HB 2218, the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act, will ban abortion past 22 weeks gestation (20 weeks post-fertilization).
The bill had passed 91-30 in the House but narrowly escaped major undoing by Sen. Laura Kelly(D-Topeka), under the tutelage of Rep. Barb Bollier (R-Mission Hills); both are fierce abortion supporters. Kelly’s amendment would have changed the term ‘unborn child’ to ‘fetus’, and defined pain-receptivity to 26 weeks gestation “fetuses with a functioning cerebral cortex”!
These folks don’t seem to understand that preemies of 22 weeks gestation in the NICU hospital units have the same pain sensitivity as same-aged babies in the womb. They cry, said Sen.Mary Pilcher-Cook (R-Shawnee), and anyone with eyes can see that the tiny preemies feel pain.
The recent development of the medical specialties of neonatology and fetal anesthesia are proof that physicians no longer dismiss the tiniest patients as impervious to pain. Why would a civilized society subject them to the excruciating pain of abortion by dismemberment?
In 2004, arguably the world’s top pain researcher was commissioned by the U. S. Justice Department to explain (in three courts challenges to the federal partial birth abortion ban) when and how unborn babies feel pain. HB 2218 is based on that testimony and HUNDREDS of peer-reviewed scientific articles.
The five Senators who were absent this morning , and who voted in committee this evening against the pro-life bills, against friendly amendments and for hostile amendments are David Haley (D-Kansas City), Jean Schodorf (R-Wichita), John Vratil (R-Leawood), Dwayne Umbarger (R-Thayer) and Sen. Laura Kelly (D-Topeka).
Next post: the bill that Sen. Tim Owens (R-Overland Park) refused to allow the committee to discuss and vote on, Abortion Clinic Licensure.