As Kansans prepare to attend events in Topeka and Washington D.C. marking the 43rd anniversary of the tragic Roe v Wade ruling, it is instructive to look back over the past ten years to appreciate the progress we’ve made.
In 2005, Kansans were furious with the pro-abortion policies of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius –who had received abortion financial backing for many years:
- her administration blocked late-term abortion investigations by pro-life Attorney General Phill Kline;
- she helped the state medical board hush up the death of a mentally disabled teen at George Tiller’s Wichita abortion clinic;
- she vetoed a desperately needed law to regulate and inspect abortion clinics;
- she deleted grant money budgeted for non-profit organizations that provide care to pregnant women.
In 2006, the abortion industry money machine and Kansas newspapers revved up to help Gov. Sebelius win re-election during which time:
- she publicly appeared with Planned Parenthood head, Cecile Richards, railing against AG Kline for trying to prosecute abortion lawbreakers;
- social justice coalition meetings and phony online pro-life support groups were invented to downplay her abortion extremism;
- she campaigned for AG Paul Morrison– who would win and protect abortionists from prosecution before resigning in a sex scandal;
- she ignored her Archbishop’s challenge to “join the Culture of Life.”
From 2007-2009, Sebelius
- tried to force legislation promoting unethical research that destroys humans at the embryonic stage;
- vetoed, for the second time, the abortion clinic regulation law;
- appointed a new AG who blocked prosecution of Planned Parenthood and Tiller;
- was confirmed as HHS secretary (claiming “she had tried to reduce abortions”) and then vetoed a law to end Kansas late-term abortion corruption.
There was much more, but this should suffice to remind us how we have left what was a horribly demoralizing time for pro-lifers.
Kansas was known as the late-term abortion capitol under a protective Gov. Sebelius and corrupt key government bureaucrats. (read more here)
But pro-lifers are persistent… and Kansans for Life has partnered with them across the state to
- help found and support pregnancy help centers;
- advance excellent legislation that inspires other states; and
- help elect a pro-life Governor, Sam Brownback, and a pro-life legislative majority in both chambers.
As we mark the day of mourning tomorrow with prayer and exhortations to reform the judiciary and hold our lawmakers accountable, we can be grateful for the challenges that did not stop us in Kansas from fighting to protect the unborn.