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.
Terrie Huntington of Fairway got the opposition ball rolling by pretending to care about all the other outpatient clinics in Kansas. I guess she’s heard the horror stories of dead baby pieces being stored in the refrigerators of Lasik surgery centers. Of course, we’ve all heard stories of patients being too embarrassed by their knee replacement to report doctors hopped up on booze and painkillers.
John Vratil, the pride of Leawood, picked up that fumbled ball and did some interesting fumbling of his own. He thought that the $64,000 price tag associated with this bill was a waste of government money. In fact, after calculating that two annual inspections of each of the three abortion mills in Kansas worked out to be about $10,000 per inspection, he asked where he could sign up for that job. I’ll look it up for you, John.
And if, it will get you away from the Senate floor, I’ll fill out your application and give you one heck of a glowing endorsement. I suppose protecting women from filthy and dangerous back-alley abortionists isn’t worth $64,000 of the state’s budget to Mr. Vratil…the same guy who voted himself and all the legislators a 4% pay raise in 2007. Save many women with that one, John? Eh, what do you care?
The class warfare card was interesting, though. It seems that if RU-486 is made more difficult to receive, then rich women will just fly to France and pick it up at the home office. Poor women will have to just scrounge up whatever dirty old unsafe abortionist happens to be nearby. Similarly, if abortion clinics have to pay to sterilize their equipment, the price of abortion might go up…fine for the rich, but the poor will be left finding cheaper methods of infanticide.
So far though this nonsense, Mary Pilcher-Cook has been weathering the storm seemingly on her own. She was the one answering every lame question tossed out by these crackpots, and she did a phenomenal job. I
can’t imagine ever having the self-control to face such lunacy without laughing, getting sarcastic or throwing something. She was excellent. Calm, polite and informed.
Love also responded very well to Rambling Dave Haley by proclaiming that he didn’t think unsafe abortion was okay for any women, be they rich or poor. Keep an eye on this Garrett Love. I think he’s going to fill Tim Huelskamp’s shoes quite respectably.