Archive for May, 2011

Former Gov. Sebelius & Six

What would you offer– if you were a powerful personto induce a lawyer to bail you out of trouble?  Maybe that you’d get him/her on the federal bench?  Kathleen Sebelius had that political need, and has the power to deliver such an ‘abortion payback’ under Pres. Obama…for Steve Six.

Both Kansas Senators must refuse confirmation of Steve Six as suitable to be a federal judge.

Six has not demonstrated any notable record of accomplishment during his Sebelius-appointments.  Rather he has shown himself to be partisan and pro-abortion.  He was willing to interrupt his comfortable law practice and this judicial nomination is his reward for jumping to help Sebelius and the abortion industry.

In December 2007, Gov. Sebelius needed to quickly replace her sex-scandalized Attorney General, Paul Morrison.  Two years earlier, (more…)

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KS US Reps Huelskamp, Jenkins, Pompeo, Yoder (photo Alton/CJOnline)

U.S. Congressional reps Tim Huelskamp (1), Lynn Jenkins (2), Kevin Yoder (3), and Mike Pompeo (4) have been voting 100% pro-life for Kansans.  All 4 voted Wednesday for a successful cut-off of abortion-training and protection of medical rights of conscience.

The U.S. House of Representatives today adopted, 234-182, a pro-life amendment offered by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R- NC) and backed by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC).(details here)

The amendment sets up conscience protections for “teaching health centers” (THCs) that receive certain federal funds for graduate medical education; it (more…)

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1973: Holcomb & rocker Tyler

In a chilling, and yet inspiring, article in Lifenews, Julia Holcomb tells of her tumultuous involvement with druggie rock star Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, from 1973-76, beginning when she was sixteen.  Details of her pregnancy and “Born Alive” abortion are a must-read.

Her conclusion was, “In spite of everything, I do not hate Steven Tyler, nor am I personally bitter…I know that I am also responsible for what happened that day.”

But then Holcomb adds, “Our nation’s young girls, especially those like me, who have experienced trauma and abuse, and are

vulnerable to exploitation should not be used as sexual playthings, scarred by abortions to free their male partners from financial responsibility, and then like their unborn children, tossed aside as an unwanted object.”

She closed with, “I pray that our nation will change its laws so (more…)

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Pro-life leader Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook warned of dangerous abortion pills

National news has recently exposed past incidents of death and injury from RU-486 abortion pills.  Yet the template for the Wichita Eagle story about the signing of the new abortion facility licensure law was

  • NOT to point out that one important provision of this bill is a response to these dangers,
  • NOT to contact the bill sponsor, Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook  (R-Shawnee) to comment on the connection,
  • but to recycle the House testimony of Rep. Barb Bollier (R- Mission Hills)– the newest (unofficial) spokesperson for Planned Parenthood.

Dr. Bollier is an anesthesiologist who hasn’t practiced medicine since before abortion pills became legal in 2000. She asserted chemical abortions were nothing to worry about, like ‘God-caused miscarriages.’ (read more here)

Sen. Pilcher-Cook had cited detailed FDA warnings about abortion pills during Senate debate on the licensure bill.

But more notable than Bollier’s opinion, was the House committee testimony of Kansas abortionist, Herbert Hodes, who opposed the licensure bill but testified that he agreed with the “anti-abortion-pill-by-webcam” provision.

Hodes said that the provision requiring abortion pills be administered in the physician’s presence was “perfect” (more…)

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Bill author Pete DeGraaf & Senate sponsor Ty Masterson were congratulated by KFL's Kathy Ostrowski & Jeanne Gawdun

Today, Planned Parenthood of Kansas (PP) is decrying the just-passed pro-life insurance bill, HB 2075, that Missouri enacted in 1983 and that Blue Cross of Kansas City has implemented in Kansas for decades.

HB 2075 includes the contents of a pro-life bill filed by Rep. Pete DeGraaf (R-Mulvane) that removes  abortion from being automatically covered in standard private health plans, other than those obtained to prevent the death of the mother.

Kansas insurers will be allowed to offer abortion coverage only through individually-purchased riders, which the AP reported as costing $2.  READ MORE on the new bill here.

The real reason PP is squawking is that they’ll be losing their cash-cow:  insurance-paid abortion.

Kansas statistics show over 40% of abortions are repeats, i.e. the second, third , fourth or fifth time the same woman has obtained an abortion! Unquestionably, when employers are freed from buying elective abortion coverage for their employees, abortion numbers will be reduced.

In their media release, (more…)

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Before going home this week, the Senate and House will yet get to vote on a “clean-up” insurance bill that will include the contents of HB 2292,  introduced last year by Rep. Pete DeGraaf (R-Mulvane). [UPDATE, MAY 13: the bill passed the Senate 28-10 and the House 86-30]

HB 2292 requires health insurance policies to remove  abortion from automatic coverage, relegating it to individually-purchased riders. This only makes sense; pregnancy is not a disease and abortion is not true healthcare.

Blue Cross of Kansas City implemented this policy decades ago in eastern Kansas, because their Missouri clients across the stateline had such a limit.

 HB 2292 would only permit standard health insurance coverage for abortions done to save the life of the mother– although abortions for that reason have not occurred in Kansas since mandatory reporting began in 1998.

HB 2292 would also prevent any future ‘Obamacare’ state health exchanges from including abortion coverage. (more…)

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6 years ago, the Kansas legislature put abortion restrictions into place on the salaries of state employees— which are paid by the state tax-payers.

In his first term in 2010, Rep. Pete DeGraaf (R-Mulvane) discovered that those restrictions had been undermined and filed a bill to fix it.  Unfortunately, this fix– HB 2293— has not yet been adopted in 2 legislative sessions.

With only a few days left, one sole Senator on a committee of six, Ruth Teichman (R- Stafford), is refusing to add this measure to a conference committee report, apparently with the backing of Senate leadership. [Note: Conference reports reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of one or more bills at the end of the term.]

HB 2293 is not a new policy mandate– it closes an illegal loophole using state tax dollars to fund elective abortions.

As used in three other pro-life bills passed this session, HB 2293 defines elective abortion to include those obtained for reasons of rape or incest.  (more…)

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