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Ron Estes wins 4th district seat

Kansans for Life congratulates the fourth district for electing pro-life State Treasurer, Ron Estes, to replace outgoing Congressman Mike Pompeo, who is now director of the CIA. UPDATE, Mar.18: KFL congratulates Sen. Jacob LaTurner (R-Pittsburgh), whom Gov. Brownback has appointed as the new state Treasurer.

Estes defeated pro-abortion attorney James Thompson, who was strongly supported by pro-abortion organizations such as Planned Parenthood, 53% to 46%. Libertarian Chris Rockhold received 1%.

Pro-life Kansans clearly provided the margin of victory for Estes, maintaining an all pro-life representation for Kansas in the U.S. House and Senate.

Preliminary results from the Kansas Secretary of State’s office show Estes taking every county except Sedgwick (where the city of Wichita is located) which he lost by about 1,800 votes to Thompson.

The Kansas seat was the nation’s first special election since President Trump’s election. There are more to come, primarily because President Trump selected a number of sitting Republican office holders to be part of his administration. Thompson said he will run again in 2018.

“Ron reflects genuine Kansas values,” KFL Executive Director, Mary Kay Culp, said. “It was not widely known until very late how extreme Mr. Thompson was in his abortion position and when it did become known, he tried to pretend he held different views from those he had clearly stated.”

Thompson’s position was to “repeal all infringement on women’s right to choose abortion, including [the] Hyde amendment,” as tweeted by Wichita Eagle reporter Dion Lefler. The Hyde Amendment is credited with saving two million lives.

Repealing all ‘infringement on abortion’ is the radical position welcomed by Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, which endorsed Thompson.

At a March 23 forum, as reported by the Associated Press, Estes promised he’d “defund Planned Parenthood,” mentioning “the ‘disgusting’ videos [that] he says show the group was selling baby parts.” (Kansas had first-hand experience with this baby parts scandal, as documented by ABC news in March 2000, see pg. 3, here.)

Thompson, by contrast, claimed the video expose was “fake news” and that “Planned Parenthood has done a lot of good.”

Kansans know which position is true, and voted that way.

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The Electoral Colletrump-v-hillary-rip-baby-9th-monthge votes were officially cast today, making Donald Trump and running mate, Mike Pence, the next U.S. President and VP by a tally of 304-228. All six GOP Kansas electors voted for Trump/Pence. The results will be finalized Jan. 6, 2017, with the inauguration two weeks later.

For the first time ever, the 2016 election was clearly a referendum on abortion. Political parties and their presidential candidates publicly staked out totally opposite positions–unlike past campaigns in which most candidates tried to minimize positions on controversial issues.

Hillary Clinton made abortion-on-demand a cornerstone issue of her 2016 campaign: abortion available at any time up until delivery, and at taxpayer’s expense by eliminating the Hyde amendment. And despite the national furor over the sale of aborted baby parts to the highest bidder, Clinton wanted to expand taxpayer funding to America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

The nation heard an authentic horror in Trump’s words during the Oct. 20, 2016 national presidential debate:

Well I think it is terrible. If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month you can take [the] baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby. Now, you can say that that is okay and Hillary can say that that is okay, but it’s not okay with me. Because based on what she is saying and based on where she’s going and where she’s been, you can take [the] baby and rip the baby out of the womb. In the ninth month. On the final day. And that’s not acceptable.

The remaining commentary below comes from National Right to Life Committee Executive Director, David O’Steen, featured in the December edition of NRL News Today:

“Donald Trump gave 100% pro-life answers to National Right to Life’s questions, met with pro-life leaders of National Right to Life and made campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, a strong, well known pro-life advocate, a public face of his campaign. At the same time Hillary Clinton made seemingly countless appearances at Planned Parenthood events pledging over and over her fealty to their abortion agenda.

In the their third debate President–elect Trump made what were perhaps the strongest pro-life statements ever made by a candidate to a national audience and called out Hillary Clinton on her past Senate vote in favor of partial–birth abortion. Clinton countered by continuing to defend her support for legal partial birth abortion, undoubtedly thinking that was a winning ticket. How wrong she was.

POLLS: 13% ADVANTAGE TO PRO-LIFE POSITION
A national poll of voters taken on election day, November 8, by the polling company Inc./Woman Trend found that essentially half of all voters (49%) said that abortion affected their vote. How did they vote – 31% said they voted for candidates who opposed abortion while only 18% said they voted for candidates who favored abortion – a 13% advantage for the pro-life side. When you think how close the vote was in Pennsylvania and other states which determined the election, it is clear that abortion made a clear difference in the election.baby-vote-prolife

The poll results also clearly reflected the heavy involvement of National Right to Life and its political action committees, the National Right to Life PAC and the National Right to Life Victory Fund. Fully 29% of voters recalled hearing, seeing or receiving information from National Right to Life and 17% recalled hearing, seeing or receiving information from a state right to life group such as an NRLC affiliate.

National Right to Life and its political action committees mailed 3.3 million pieces of literature, made 5 million phone calls, sent 3 million e-mails and reached 9.2 million through social media, many of whom undoubtedly shared, reposted and retweeted National Right to Life’s information.

All in all National Right to Life’s PACs were actively involved in 58 federal campaigns, winning 48 (83%) of them.

Yes, there was a referendum on abortion on November 8. Hillary Clinton lost and Donald Trump won – but unborn children won also.”

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Kris Neuhaus

Kris Neuhaus

[UPDATE Nov. 9: Caddell lost with under 32% of the vote.] Michael Caddell, the husband of notorious abortionist, Kris (Ann Kristin) Neuhaus, is the Democratic candidate for State Representative of Dist. 47 in rural, northeast Kansas. Caddell, 61, is a “semi-retired” producer of left-wing podcasts and a “self-described hell-raiser” (according to the Lawrence Journal World).

Most pro-life Kansans know Neuhaus as the abortionist with two decades of disciplinary interactions from the State Board of Healing Arts, culminating in revocation of her medical license. The Board assessed her as incompetent, “showing no signs of remorse” and “incapable of successful rehabilitation.”

Judge Franklin Theis

District Judge Franklin Theis

Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis has inexcusably indulged her efforts to get the license reinstated. The second appeal from her has been dormant in his possession for 18 months.

Judge Theis is the master of ‘delay-delay-delay’ when it comes to Neuhaus –as well as to Kansas abortion litigation. He has unduly stalled, for over five years, implementation of the abortion clinic licensure law which pro-lifers had worked ten years to achieve.

Judge Franklin Theis is on the Shawnee County ballot for retention. Pro-lifers cannot support him.

UNQUALIFIED FOR PUBLIC OFFICE
Michael Caddell’s political views are further to the left than those of Bernie Sanders and in fact balks at having to don the Democrat label because he thinks it’s too conservative! Caddell had been licensed to carry a gun through 2005 and “provided security” outside various abortion clinics–mainly where his wife worked.

Salina Post, 3-5-91: Mike Caddell, editor of the Frankfort Alternative Index, has come under fire from Frankfort residents for his views

Salina Post, 3-5-91: Mike Caddell, editor of the Frankfort Alternative Index, has come under fire from Frankfort residents for his views

Caddell failed repeatedly to indoctrinate rural Kansas towns with his radical socialist manifestos. (see here and here) When living in Westmoreland, in the early 1990’s, he bought three small news weeklies and in short order the staff quit and the papers folded. Residents there, in the shadow of Ft. Riley, didn’t appreciate his anti-war diatribes and style of muckraking. In Nortonville, where he and Neuhaus now live, residents were both insulted and repulsed at his attempts at journalism. As the Lawrence Journal World reported:

Nortonville’s mayor submitted copies of Caddell’s “Flying Cock-fighter” flyer to the county attorney, registering a complaint about the obscenity. “He’s a screwball…a nut,” Mayor Herman Ackmann said of Caddell. “Why he thinks he’s a journalist, I’ll never know.”

Most certainly, District 47 constituents should reject Michael Caddell for state representative, much less any public office.

NEUHAUS SAGA REVISITED
Kris Neuhaus is the failed abortionist with two decades of disciplinary interactions from the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. It began with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency stripping her of prescription authority in 1998, followed by patient complaints and Board interventions in which she was twice labeled a “danger to the public.”

ksbha-logoNeuhaus held on to her medical license (under conditions of Board monitoring and additional training) and eventually her sole income came from supplying George Tiller with “independent referrals” for late-term abortions. Before Tiller’s death in May of 2009, the Board had initiated revocation of the licenses of both Tiller and Neuhaus. After arduous and expensive state proceedings, Neuhaus’ license was revoked…and overturned…and revoked again– and the second appeal is not yet completed, due to Judge Theis.

QUICK FACTS ON NEUHAUS REVOCATION :

  • July 2012- The state Board revoked her Kansas medical license for “professional incompetence” and “failing to meet minimum requirements for maintaining records.”  Neuhaus appealed.
  • March 2014- Judge Theis overturned the revocation and sent the matter back to the Board for reconsideration.
  • Jan. 2015- The Board issued a second revocation against Neuhaus on the single issue of incomplete medical files for 11 teens obtaining third trimester abortions through Tiller. The legal costs owed the Board were reassessed at just under $32,000.00.say-no-judges
  • March 2015- Neuhaus appealed.
  • Nov. 2016- Judge Theis has not yet ruled on the repayment issue with further action on the stalled appeal scheduled for phone conference next week …AFTER the judge’s retention election.

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vote-ad-1-maroon-tintThe lead story across Kansas in the closing days of October was the election-focused poll from the Fort Hays State University’s Docking Institute of Public Affairs—not a conservative source. Among the unsurprising results in a red state were that Trump is in the lead, the public is agitated over state budget deficits, and 64% of the nearly 900 “likely voters” polled wanted an end to all or most abortions.

The very unwelcome news for liberals (and their handmaidens in the media) who want Kansas judges on the bench for life, was that the poll showed Kansas Supreme Court justices who are up for retention are not “safe.”

That was truly encouraging news for pro-lifers, who see all our hard-fought laws endangered by an impending horrific ruling on abortion from our state Supreme Court. This is an unprecedented opportunity for pro-lifers to replace judges before they wreck our Constitution and declare that it has been “discovered” to protect abortion.

All society’s liberal “elites” are insulted that voters have the right to oust our top judges, but we were guaranteed that right when we amended our constitution in 1958 to give the selection of those judges over to an attorney-dominated commission.

Kansans for Life has launched a major initiative, “Better Judges for Kansas,” urging voters to dump activist judges with abortion bias– from district courts up through the state Supreme Court. Read here for articles explaining why the issue of judge retention is of paramount importance to pro-lifers.

The Kansas Supreme Court has deliberately delayed ruling on the injunction that has blocked our ban on barbaric dismemberment abortions from going into effect. Remember, this bipartisan-passed law prohibits the tearing apart of fully-formed children while still alive in their mother’s wombs.abortion-on-ballot-snip-lightened

KANSAS JUDICIAL ABORTION BIAS
Abortion is indeed on the ballot Nov. 8 in Kansas, although there is no amendment question about abortion. Informed pro-lifers will be rooting out abortion bias in judges up and down the ballot. Here are just some of the examples of this bias:

ABORTION BIAS was shown from 2004-2008 by the Kansas Supreme Court in its various dealings with then-Attorney General Phill Kline who attempted to prosecute illegal abortions; they even set up a unique and secret Court of Inquisition against Kline. The tongue-lashing of Kline by Justice Carol Beier was publicly slammed by fellow justices as “the very antithesis of ‘restraint and discretion’ and not an appropriate exercise of our inherent power.”

ABORTION BIAS was shown in 2008 when the Kansas Supreme Court benefitted notorious abortionist George Tiller by delaying a decision on sending the grand jury redacted abortion files. While waiting for this evidence, the grand jury ( whose final resport said they believed Tiller was guilty) ran out of its statutorily-mandated time…which the Kansas Supreme Court also could have extended, but did not.

judge approved art 5.pubABORTION BIAS was shown from 2011-2016 in the state court of Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis with a challenge to the abortion clinic licensure law. Judge Theis repeatedly ignored motions from the Kansas Attorney General’s office to proceed with the case. In another matter, Judge Theis continues to allow meritless appeals to be heard from abortionist Kris Neuhaus in her quest to regain her revoked Kansas medical license.

ABORTION BIAS was shown since 2015 in regards to the ban on dismemberment abortions, starting in the state court of Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks who blocked the ban on dismemberment abortions. The ban is not yet in effect because:

  1. the Kansas Supreme Court (realizing their likely decision would threaten their retention) refused to rule on it at the outset and then delayed the matter until after elections.
  2. the Kansas Court of Appeals split evenly, which let stand Hendricks’ ruling — using all 14 judges instead of the normal panel of three (knowing six of them faced retention).

Abortion is on the Kansas ballot, written into judicial retention, and other candidate races. Pro-lifers should encourage all voters in their circle of influence to use our recommendations at

and forward the information on social media. The unborn babies in Kansas are relying on you!

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elections matterTurnout in the Kansas primaries was extremely low and the results rested heavily on economic issues, as AP writer John Hanna reported:

“The voting occurred against the backdrop not only of the state’s fiscal woes but ongoing legal and political disputes over funding for public schools. Kansas has struggled to balance its budget since the GOP-dominated Legislature slashed personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback’s urging to stimulate the economy.”

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran won his primary with 79% support, and Congressman Kevin Yoder won his 3rd District primary with 64%. Both have a 100% pro-life voting record.

Huelskamp loss for pro-lifers

KFL mourns Huelskamp primary  loss

However, embattled conservative and pro-life champion, Congressman Tim Huelskamp, lost in a fierce primary that saw multi-million dollars’ worth of ads from non-Kansas special interest groups. Challenger Roger Marshall, an Ob-Gyn doctor who describes himself as pro-life, won the GOP 1st district spot with 57% of the vote.

At the statehouse, KFL-endorsed candidates stacked up 18 wins in the House and 6 in the Senate, with 17 losses in the House and 10 in the Senate. However– and notably–in some races, the winners who had not earned KFL endorsement have stated they are pro-life.

HOUSE RESULTS
Ten reliable pro-life reps won their primaries yesterday along with eight KFL-endorsed challengers. A key issue for KFL endorsement has been the candidate’s willingness to allow the public a vote to improve judicial selection for the state Supreme Court. Otherwise, Kansas’ pro-life laws are jeopardized by rulings from extremist judges selected without public accountability.judicial selection

Pro-lifers were dismayed to learn of the defeat of eight great state representatives: Rob Bruchman, Will Carpenter, Brett Hildabrand, Jerry Lunn, Kasha Kelley, Charles Macheers, Craig McPherson, and Connie O’Brien. Three of those races had the narrowest of margins and may be recounted.

KFL-endorsed primary challengers lost in House districts 21, 45, 52, 60, 64, 68, 89, 104 and 115.

SENATE RESULTS
Headed into November Senate elections are pro-life incumbents Don Kerchen, Ty Masterson, and Mike Peterson along with KFL-endorsed former state reps Bud Estes and Gene Sullentrop.

Five great pro-life state Senators retired in May: Senators Steve Abrams, Les Donovan, Mitch Holmes, Jeff King and Michael O’Donnell. Primary results indicate voters in four districts (15, 25, 27 and 32), will have pro-life candidates to replace them, but not so in district 33.

Six solidly pro-life incumbent state senators disappointingly lost their primaries yesterday: Tom Arpke, Terry Bruce, Forrest Knox, Jeff Melcher, Larry Powell and Greg Smith. Four districts will be left without pro-life representation:  districts 11, 14, 21, and 24.

Dismemberment schmidt postcard, editTwo of the 6 winning Senate challengers had told the public they were pro-life. In district 34, Ed Berger was the victor. In the campaign, Berger claimed he was pro-life because he was Catholic, but refused to fill out the KFL survey. In district 39, challenger John Doll, a former Democrat who lost a statewide office race before winning a seat as a GOP state rep, has a mixed voting record on the life issues.

In a very bitter result for pro-lifers, a GOP Topeka district remains in the hands of the sole GOP Senator to vote against a ban on dismemberment abortions, Sen. Vicki Schmidt. The bill was signed into law in 2015, but awaits the review of the state Supreme Court—which appears to be delaying their ruling until after the November elections in which 5 of the 7 justices are up for retention.

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Kaine & Sebelius

Pro-abortion Catholics Kaine & Sebelius

There’s been a long line of abortion-supporting politicians who try to fool pro-lifers into believing that they were “catholic” and “personally pro-life” during campaign seasons.

Democrat Vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine, who hails from Kansas, described himself in his 2005 gubernatorial campaign as,“I’m Catholic; I’m against abortion.” However, as governor of Virginia and as a Virginia Senator after that, Kaine’s record has been 100% pro-abortion.

Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is another who was intentionally dishonest about her abortion support when she campaigned as a Catholic for governor in 2002. However, the abortion industry was not fooled.

The lobbyist for notorious late-term abortionist George Tiller bragged in fundraising letters in 2002 that Sebelius as governor would usher in a new era for abortion promotion.  And it did. Those were frustrating years for pro-lifers.

In the last few election cycles, thankfully, Kansans are voting out a great number of pro-abortion politicians. Which brings us to the Kansas primary elections on Aug. 2nd.

KANSAS DEMOCRATS
In 2004, there were at most two dozen Kansas pro-life Democrats. That was the last year that the Democrat Party’s national platform declared abortion should be “rare.” Their 2016 platform says abortion availability is a matter of “justice” and it should be tax-funded. Kansas Democrat pro-life lawmakers are now as rare as hens’ teeth.

Only six Kansas Democrat state reps voted last year to end the most vile and barbaric-dismemberment abortions that tear apart living, fully-formed unborn children. In the Senate, not even one Democrat voted for that same dismemberment ban. Not even one!

Kansas Democrats also uniformly oppose reforming our Kansas judicial selection process– the process that has led to extremist pro-abortion court rulings that are decimating Kansas pro-life protections.

KANSAS REPUBLICANS
When it comes to Kansas Republicans, the national and state platform is pro-life. Kansans voted out a significant number of GOP politicians who supported abortion or played games with the issue. Some of those politicians want their power back and have formed “shadow” advocacy groups in campaign season to sow confusion among pro-lifers.

During the GOP primary is where these groups hope to remove 100% pro-life lawmakers.

These groups are backing self-described “conservative” candidates whose major appeal is on other issues, like taxes. Senate races in districts 34 and 39 are instructive.

100% pro-life Sens. Bruce & Powell

100% pro-life:  Bruce & Powell

In Senate district 34, pro-life incumbent Terry Bruce, is the Senate majority leader and a proven pro-life champion with a 100% voting record. Sen. Bruce has the endorsement of the KFL-PAC.

His challenger, Ed Berger has

  • no record of pro-life advocacy;
  • refused to fill out the KFL candidate survey;
  • supports keeping the current judicial selection model acknowledged as the worst in the nation.

Berger’s backers want voters to solely rely on Berger’s claim that his Catholic faith will insure he votes pro-life—while the sad reality is there are many pro-abortion Catholics in the Kansas State House.

In Senate district 39, 100% pro-life incumbent Larry Powell has a stellar voting record extending back into his days as a state rep. This is reflective of his district’s pro-life sentiment and Sen. Powell has the endorsement of the KFL-PAC.

Challenger John Doll–a former Democrat and current state rep– has a dismal pro-life record, contrary to what he may claim. In his four years in the House, he voted for the anti-life position nearly half the time!

Pro-lifers who put the pro-life issue on the back burner would betray all of the protections we have achieved in Kansas.

Serious pro-life voters cannot rely on candidates who merely proclaim they are “pro-life,“ due to their religious affiliation.
That is a smokescreen unless the candidate also supports reforming the judicial nominating system that is undermining all of Kansas’ hard-fought pro-life laws.

A complete list of candidates endorsed by the KFL-PAC is found at www.voteprolife.net.

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vote babyAdvance voting for the Kansas primary elections began last week and the political advertising battles are in full swing in mailboxes, on TV and in deceitful, newly-created websites of advocacy groups the public has never heard of.

The authentic pro-life candidates have the endorsement of Kansans for Life. Period.

Those who do not, will try to confuse voters.

KEY FACT #1: Pro-life candidates do not merit your support if they do not support reform of the judicial nomination process to the Kansas Supreme Court. The current process is acknowledged as the worst in the nation, with a majority of non-elected attorneys selecting their favorites for the bench.

KEY FACT #2: Kansas courts are wrongly undermining all our hard-fought pro-life laws and supposedly “pro-life” politicians who deny this are either delusional or dishonest.

Right now, the Kansas Supreme Court should be overturning a horrible and ridiculous lower court ruling that dismemberment abortions are protected under the state’s pre-Civil War Constitution.

Instead of promptly denying that there is any state right to abortion, the Supreme Court justices appear to be delaying their ruling until after their November retention elections, and conducting an unprecedented state-wide self-promotion campaign.

CAMPAIGN TRUSTWORTHINESS
Kansans for Life is always upfront about its endorsement policies and all our efforts to describe the pro-life voting records of elected officials. The public trusts our judgment, because KFL:

  1. has been at the Statehouse for 33 years, accurately monitoring legislative action in committees and working with legislators for passage of excellent pro-life measures.
  2. puts the pro-life agenda ahead of partisan concerns;
  3. has a thoughtful and thorough candidate survey and a responsible vetting process;
  4. is honest in all our communications.

Many former politicians –mostly the kind who bitterly fought pro-life bills in the legislature– miss their political power and are “embarrassed” that Kansas is the nation’s model for pro-life laws.

These ex-politicians (with other self-proclaimed ruling elites) have formed a number of short-lived advocacy groups that spend a lot of money to intentionally confuse the public during the campaign season, with faulty pro-life claims about Kansas House and Senate races.

Certain pro-abortion Republicans have been involved in these shadow groups for many years, although the names of their shadow “coalitions” change. In targeted pro-life areas, these groups use masterfully deceptive media messaging, for example:

  • The just-arisen “Kansas Freedom Alliance” artfully cherry-picks some pro-life legislation to support their candidates who oppose the desperately needed court reforms that will actually uphold those pro-life laws.
  • The new “Save Kansas Coalition” is allied with new and old groups supported by anti-life forces, like the “Women for Kansas” group that failed to oust Gov. Brownback in 2014.

Every KFL-PAC endorsed candidate is proud of that support, and their names will be found at www.voteprolife.net.

To get your personally tailored pro-life ballot for all races, go to www.voteprolife.net.

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