Archive for April, 2011

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to take up a major pro-life bill — the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3) — on or about Wednesday, May 4, 2011.

National Right to Life urges you to promptly contact your U.S. House representative  to urge him or her to support H.R. 3, and to oppose all amendments that may be offered by opponents of the bill.  Go here for an easy way to send a brief note to our 4 U.S. reps.

Currently, there is a patchwork of different federal laws that restrict federal funding of abortion.  However, many of these restrictions (such as the well-known Hyde Amendment, which applies to the federal Medicaid program) expire every year — which forces the pro-life side to re-fight the same battles in Congress, year after year. 

Moreover, in a number of federal programs — notably, some major new programs created by the massive Obama health care law in 2010 — federal subsidies for abortion are currently permissible under law.  H.R. 3 would replace this leaky patchwork with a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal funding of abortion and federal subsidies for health plans that cover abortion.

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act is sponsored by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-Il.), the co-chairs of the House Pro-Life Caucus.  Click here for list of co-sponsors of the bill.

Meanwhile, back in Topeka, the state budget currently contains a provision redirecting Title X federal family planning funds AWAY from Planned Parenthood and to state health clinics.  No women will be without pregnancy-related services, and even better, approximately $300,000 in tax moneys will be augmenting full-service medical care for lower income men and women of all ages–instead of underwriting Planned Parenthood.

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Today, a guest post from Pro-lifer Bill from Olathe:  “I had the pleasure of being in the Senate chamber today for the passage of H Sub SB 36, the Abortion Clinic Licensing Bill. It passed 24-15 and will almost certainly be signed into law by Gov. Brownback.  Some high points of this bill are:

  • it requires clinics to meet minimum medical standards, like having doorways wide enough to fit a gurney through and keeping the surgical equipment from being stored amongst medical waste.
  • it requires that injuries and deaths occurring during the act of abortion are reported.  As it stands, if a woman isn’t reported dead at the abortion clinic itself, then there is no requirement for the clinic to report the death. This makes tracking the number of abortion-related injuries and deaths rather dicey.
  • it would ban the prescription of RU-486 via web cam. Honestly, I didn’t even know this was an option.  Any time I have a sinus infection, my doctor of 15 years requires I’m tested and checked out before prescribing the same antibiotic he prescribes every year.  I suppose abortionists are a little less concerned about the health of their patients.
This is a good bill, and a necessary one. Kudos to the right-thinking 24 senators. My beef is with the usual suspects who attempted to defeat (more…)

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Kansas wants PP defundedEditorial board members of the Kansas McClatchy newspapers that have fought hard to advance Planned Parenthood interests are furious that the upcoming budget reconciliation indicates the abortion giant will lose state funding this year.

3 months ago, the Governor’s proposed budget was introduced, including the rerouting of Title X federal tax-funded family planning dollars to state clinics that provide family medical services. It reflected the Huelskamp/ Kinzer budget instruction which had been line-item vetoed by abortion-supporter, Gov. Mark Parkinson in 2009 and 2010.

What the Kansas City and Wichita pro-abortion editorialists decried as ‘promoting a lie‘ or ‘pure politics’ was the official comment from the governor’s spokesperson that “Gov. Brownback, along with the overwhelming majority of Kansans, opposes taxpayer subsidy of abortions.”

But it is true!   While not directly permitted to cover abortions, Title X funds are underwriting part of Planned Parenthood’s overhead and expenses, and at least part of the salary of any abortionist doing Title X services. As former Texas Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson (more…)

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The biggest world threat is actually UNDERpopulation.

The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970, and its darling became Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb, which included this call to arms:

“[T]he first task is population control at home… compulsory birth regulation would be necessary… rationed by the government to produce the desired population size.”

The Stanford Prof. Ehrlich’s disrespect for humanity has much in common with Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood matron, who ran a “Negro Project,” spoke at a KKK rally, labeled certain pesky people “human weeds” and “imbeciles” and “morons,” and preached “race improvement.”

Over the past few decades, environmentalist organizations have adopted radically anti-natal stances, often with a dedication and ferocity that rivals Planned Parenthood.

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Rajanna clinic: combination lunchroom/ drug prep/ aborted fetus storage/ patient files

When the Kansas Senate returns next Wednesday, they will take up H Sub SB 36, the abortion clinic licensure bill, which the House passed 3 weeks ago, 97-26. It is nearly identical to the clinic licensure bill that passed in the House and Senate in 2003 and 2005, and was vetoed by then-Gov. Sebelius.  The newer, important provisions of the bill will:

  1. prohibit anyone other than a Kansas-licensed physician from performing surgical abortions or administering abortion by pills;
  2. prohibit obtaining abortion pills via  ‘webcam”–a new business format pushed by Planned Parenthood under which women only”see” a physician via computer screen; and
  3. institute an annual license renewal based on inspection, with an additional unannounced inspection during that calendar year.

Some pro-abortion Senators are telling constituents the bill is unneeded, or that it unnecessarily burdens innocent medical facilities by requiring them to become licensed abortion facilities.  Both these claims are false.

This bill IS needed and the abortion license would only be needed for any facility that performs elective abortions. (more…)

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Kathy Ostrowski, Rep. Lance Kinzer and KFL Exec. Director Mary Kay Culp watch Gov. Sam Brownback sign pro-life bills (KHI photo)

Kansas closes a horrible chapter of abortion corruption today, which had caused the state to be referred to as the late-term abortion destination of the nation.

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law two measures that

protect the lives of unborn children who are capable of feeling pain and will better prevent pregnant teens from obtaining abortions without parental involvement.

At a Statehouse reception hosted this afternoon by Kansans for Life, legislators and pro-lifers assembled to watch the ceremonial signing of HB 2218, the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and the actual signing of HB 2035, the Accuracy in Abortion Reporting & Parental Rights Act.

Pro-life leader and House Judiciary chair, Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe) authored both bills and was joined by 62 co-sponsors on HB 2035 and 47 co-sponsors on HB 2218. “It’s a tremendous day,” Kinzer said Tuesday. “It’s been a long road for the pro-life movement in Kansas to get to this stage — not just a matter of years but going back decades, quite frankly.”

Both laws use the term “unborn child” (more…)

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Rep./Dr. Bollier

Former anesthesiologist, Rep. Barbara Bollier, (R- Mission Hills) has become the leading strident voice opposing every Kansas pro-life bill. The hard left is grateful every time Bollier steps up to the microphone, “as a physician” making absolutist claims- including that fetal pain science is “false research”  and that  “[she] would be embarrassed to be a state that bases its laws on untruths.”

But it is Bollier who is the embarrassment with her rude, condescending tone and tactics: this year she handed her colleagues drawings of a baby lacking a brain stem to urge abortion before such an impaired child drew breath; last year she ruined an abortion-restricting insurance bill by adding a smoking ban to it.

Her medical facts are really indefensible. On the issue of fetal pain-capability (HB 2218), Bollier quotes one outdated text as if it could rebut hundreds of peer-reviewed articles AND the actual practice of neonatologists and surgeons who treat unborn children at 22 weeks gestation (20 weeks post fertilization).

The 1987 landmark Harvard research explaining how the unborn are extremely pain-sensitive was based on numerous studies that had not been part of the medical teaching establishment.  1987 is the year Bollier began practicing medicine— during the absence of significant instruction in fetal pain, (more…)

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Last year, 160 unborn children were aborted each week in KS; 80 from Kansas

Kansas abortion statistics for 2010 were released by KDHE last week in the midst of crucial activities to pass pro-life legislation.  Now that the lawmakers are on spring break, let’s look at what the figures tell us in addition to the fine Lifenews.com analysis here.

Abortions to Kansas women have steadily declined from 6,800 in 1996 to 4,188 in 2010. Total Kansas abortions to residents and non-residents in 2010 numbered 8,338, down 12% from the 2009 total of 9,472.

In 2010, Kansas abortionists reported to the state that 277 pregnant women were given abortion informed consent information but did not obtain Kansas abortions.

Since passage of the 1997 Woman’s Right to Know Act,  3,454 women were “certified” for a Kansas abortion but did not go through with them.

It is not recorded whether these women went to another state for an abortion or gave birth.  We can only hope that in most cases, these women chose life, perhaps with the help of the 73 free pregnancy help centers in Kansas.

The 2010 abortion numbers reflect the closure of the Wichita clinic of George Tiller after his May 31, 2009 murder.  Comparing 2008 –the final full year of Tiller abortions—with 2010, showed a difference of approximately 2300 abortions, 1600 in the 1st trimester and 700 in the 2nd and 3rd trimester.

Only one abortion after 22 weeks gestation was done in Kansas last year, reported as performed on a non-viable anencephalic unborn child. After the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act goes into effect in July, there will be no more abortions after 22 weeks gestation–regardless of the child’s condition– unless (more…)

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