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Did our federal courts make a ruling last week on Planned Parenthood funding in Kansas?

Yes. Various State governments including Kansas attempted to cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood after the release of videos about the sale of fetal body parts. On February 21, 2018, the 10th circuit federal appeals court* ruled against the Kansas attempt to cut off Medicaid funds for Planned Parenthood. **

Why did the State of Kansas cut Planned Parenthood funding under Medicaid?

Then Governor Brownback had issued orders that Planned Parenthood would not be a provider that could use Medicaid funds as there were other providers available. *** Our Kansas Government officials alleged in the lawsuit that “Planned Parenthood manipulates abortions to harvest organs with the highest market demand” and that “PPFA executives are willing to negotiate fetal-tissue prices to obtain profits.” Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s largest abortion providers.

What was the legal issue?

The case turns on what is called a choice of provider provision and whether an individual has the right to bring a lawsuit when the choice of provider is restricted. The decision in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals was decided against the State of Kansas on a 2 to 1 split with an Obama appointee in the dissent.

Will the State of Kansas appeal?

The State could file for what is called a Writ of Certiorari which is a legal paper asking for the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. The U.S. Supreme Court is not required to take the appeal. The U.S. Supreme will sometimes take a case for review when the lower courts split on a legal issue. The Federal Court of Appeals split on this legal issue. The 8th circuit in an Arkansas case ruled in favor of the State. Because of this split between the Courts, there is a fair chance the U.S. Supreme Court will take the case on review, and President Trump may weigh in on the case. The predictions are that the Justices would be split 4 to 4 with Kennedy as the swing vote.

When would the U.S. Supreme Court decide the case?

The case if accepted would not be reviewed by the court until it’s next term. A term of the Supreme Court begins, by statute, on the first Monday in October. Kennedy might retire before the next term, and if so the President would be able to make a new appointment.

We applaud the Kansas government for looking out for taxpayer’s money by questioning contracts made with Planned Parenthood.

 

*Planned Parenthood of Kansas, et al. vs. Anderson 16-3249

** Medicaid funds are not used to pay for abortions with certain exceptions. Starting in 1977, the Hyde Amendment banned the use of any federal funds for abortion, allowing only exceptions for pregnancies that endanger the life of the woman, or that result from rape or incest. The legislature removed from our Kansas state budget direct funding of Planned Parenthood years ago.

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Keep Kansas Pro-Life

A KS court has ruled that the KS ban of dismemberment abortion of a living unborn child violates our State constitution.

We will propose a constitutional amendment that would allow the State to pass laws on abortion.

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Is there a need to amend the Kansas Constitution?

Yes. As explained below the Kansas courts have “found” the right to an abortion in the Kansas Constitution. Kansans for Life favors a constitutional amendment to make it clear that the right to an abortion is not in the Kansas Constitution. The constitutional amendment we support will make it clear that the legislature can regulate abortions, including limiting late-term abortions, partial birth abortions, and ban the dismemberment abortion of a living unborn child. This amendment will not change the court rulings that are based on the U.S. Constitution.

Will this proposed amendment ban all abortions?

No. It will make it clear that the right to an abortion is not in the state constitution and the people through their elected representatives have the right to regulate abortion.

What difference does it make?

A constitutional amendment will save thousands of lives. Here is why.

 

The state legislatures have difficulty regulating abortion now because of a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions limiting the state legislatures from passing laws regulating abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court decisions started with one called Roe v. Wade which ruled state regulation of abortion unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution.

It is foreseeable the U.S. Supreme Court will reverse itself if our president appoints additional pro-life judges to the U.S. Supreme Court. If Roe v. Wade is reversed, state legislatures would be able to regulate abortion, but not in Kansas, if our Kansas courts “find” the right to abortion in our State Constitution.

This new constitutional right could potentially threaten all our pro-life laws on the books today. If we pass this state constitutional amendment, when Roe v. Wade is reversed the legislature can regulate abortion. So if we pass the amendment thousands of lives will be saved, if we do not thousands of lives will be lost.

 

Background:

Two abortionists sued in Shawnee County District Court challenging the constitutionality of the April 7, 2015, live dismemberment abortion ban claiming there is a right to an abortion in the Kansas State Constitution.  The caption is HODES & NAUSER, MDs, P.A. et al. vs. DEREK SCHMIDT, et.al. Case No. 2015CV490.

The District Court Decision:

The Shawnee County District Judge Hendricks ruled for the Plaintiffs reasoning that provisions of the state constitution have been interpreted to reflect the federal law. The ban in his opinion would violate the federal law, therefore it must also violate the state constitution. Shawnee County District Court Judge Hendricks ruled on a Motion for Preliminary Injunction for the plaintiffs in June of 2015.

Why  this case is unique:

The lawsuit is unique because it expressly made a claim ONLY under the Kansas State Constitution and specifically under Sections 1 and 2 of the Bill of Rights of the Kansas Constitution.

The most relevant part of the Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights states:

Section 1 provides: “All men are possessed of equal and inalienable natural rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

The Kansas Court of Appeals Decision:

The Kansas Court of Appeals in a 78 page, a 26,589-word opinion handed down on January 22, 2016, affirmed with seven Judges voting to affirm, and seven Judges voting to overturn the lower court. Judge LEBEN wrote the opinion joined by Judges PIERRON, MCANANY, BUSER, STANDRIDGE, and ARNOLD-BURGER, JJ.  ATCHESON writes a concurring opinion. Judge Leben concluded that Section One of the Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights effectively duplicates the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, so they apply federal law governing abortion as Kansas constitutional law. MALONE, C.J writes a dissenting opinion joined by Judges GREEN, HILL, BRUNS, POWELL, SCHROEDER, AND GARDNER. The dissenting opinion disagreed pointing out that “[T]he best and only safe rule for ascertaining the intention of the makers of any written law[] is to abide by the language they have used.” showing the Kansas Constitution is not similar to the 14th Amendment.

 The current status:

The case is pending before the Kansas Supreme Court. The case has been fully briefed, and the Court had a hearing in March of 2017.

 

 

 

 

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1,608 deaths and counting. 1,608 unborn Kansas children have died by live dismemberment abortion since a Kansas judge blocked enforcement of the Kansas live dismemberment abortion ban on June 30th, 2015. For 84 days in 2015, the state of Kansas led the nation by banning live dismemberment abortion, then a Judge found a new “right” in our Kansas Constitution and ordered that live dismemberment can continue. The case is now pending before the Kansas Supreme Court.

We led the nation, for 84 days. Now we count the dead.

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Cow - CopyA Judge blocked enforcement of the Kansas live dismemberment abortion ban. A lawsuit was filed challenging the ban on live dismemberment abortion with a claim that our state constitution contains a right to abortion. The case is now before the Kansas Supreme Court, and has been pending there for nearly a year. This means the ban on live dismemberment abortion can not be enforced. This court decision represents a radical change in our Kansas public policy.

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