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:
- prohibit anyone other than a Kansas-licensed physician from performing surgical abortions or administering abortion by pills;
- 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
- 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. Any medical facility that ends up doing one or more life-saving abortions is not mandated to be licensed under this bill– including any facility that treats ectopic (“tubal”) pregnancies.
Kansas currently has 3 abortion businesses, none of which advertise doing abortions at or beyond 22 weeks gestation:
- 2 physicians’ offices under the authority of the state Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA);
- 1 single-day, Ambulatory Surgical center (ASC)– Planned Parenthood– operating under the authority of the state Health department (KDHE).
The new abortion license of H Sub SB 36 would include specific provisions [pre-and post-surgical] taken from the published “industry standards” of the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood. Such provisions are not already mandated by either KSBHA or KDHE.
KDHE inspects all ASCs every 3 years, and Planned Parenthood’s last inspection was in 2008. KSBHA privately inspected the 2 office/abortion clinics in 2007 and 2009, under agency rules created in response to continued complaints of KFL members about the Christin Gilbert death and ‘Third-world’ conditions at the Krishna Rajanna clinic.
But such inspections are only a baseline, covering facilities that do various non-abortion medical services that have NO history of violating patient care for profit margins, the way Kansas abortionists have demonstrated, with:
- unsafe environments,
- untrained staff,
- re-use of single-use supplies and
- advertised “sale days.”
Kansas abortionists have been cited for endangering women, both in professional disciplinary actions as well as over 40 malpractice suits for numerous maternal injuries and 5 deaths of pregnant women. The abortionists have not “voluntarily” followed their own industry standards and need state oversight to do so, under penalty of closing their businesses.
That is why the courts have REPEATEDLY ruled that abortion is “different” and that states can regulate abortion clinics WITHOUT regulating other medical facilities.