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,PP is claiming the pro-life provisions were advanced due to improper legislative procedure –quite ironic considering PP has been stalling 107 criminal charges for 8 years.
That was the tactic used all week to try to stop the bill by Sen. Ruth Teichman (R-Stafford). She dropped her objection when she got provisions in the clean-up bill she wanted –and left Sen.Pete Brungardt (R-Salina) to try to strip out the pro-life insurance bill on the Senate floor Thursday night by formally challenging it under ‘procedural Rule 3’.
The state revisor’s office advised acting-Senate president, Sen. John Vratil (R-Overland Park), that the procedural Rule could be equally interpreted as allowing or not allowing the pro-life bill. Pro-abortion Vratil chose the “not allowed” position and Sen. Ty Masterson (R-Andover) challenged Vratil’s ruling.
The Senate upheld Masterson, by a vote of 21-18, that the pro-life measure was permitted in the conference committee report. The Senate then approved the conference report and sent it to the House by a vote of 28-10.
The House initially rejected the conference report due to objections from Rep. Virgil Peck (R-Tyro) about the group insurance component, but hours later, the House passed the report 86-30. During debate–yet again–about Rule 3 , the House voted 77-31 to support the ruling of acting Speaker Rep. Jene Vickrey (R-Louisburg) that the pro-life insurance measure was permitted in the report.
In the final round of debate, opponents to the pro-life measure were state Reps. Barb Bollier (R-Mission Hills), Ann Mah (D-Topeka), and Annie Kuether (D-Topeka). Supporters were bill sponsor, Rep. Pete DeGraaf (R-Mulvane), and House Judiciary Chairman, Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe).
If the new federal healthcare law is not struck down, the state exchanges will begin in 2014, and states are allowed to prevent abortion coverage. The language of HB 2075 would also prevent any future ‘Obamacare’ state health exchanges from including abortion coverage.
Though PP’s press release today said they are considering a lawsuit,
that is a lot of bluster. Courts are reluctant to get involved with analyzing the internal actions of legislatures, particularly when the paper trail shows the rules were followed!
As to lawsuit threats, an action earlier this week doesn’t bode well for Planned Parenthood. An Obama-appointed federal judge declined a request by Planned Parenthood to issue a temporary restraining order blocking a new Indiana state law yanking PP’s taxpayer funding.