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Kathy Ostrowski, Rep. Lance Kinzer and KFL Exec. Director Mary Kay Culp watch Gov. Sam Brownback sign pro-life bills (KHI photo)

Kansas closes a horrible chapter of abortion corruption today, which had caused the state to be referred to as the late-term abortion destination of the nation.

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law two measures that

protect the lives of unborn children who are capable of feeling pain and will better prevent pregnant teens from obtaining abortions without parental involvement.

At a Statehouse reception hosted this afternoon by Kansans for Life, legislators and pro-lifers assembled to watch the ceremonial signing of HB 2218, the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and the actual signing of HB 2035, the Accuracy in Abortion Reporting & Parental Rights Act.

Pro-life leader and House Judiciary chair, Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe) authored both bills and was joined by 62 co-sponsors on HB 2035 and 47 co-sponsors on HB 2218. “It’s a tremendous day,” Kinzer said Tuesday. “It’s been a long road for the pro-life movement in Kansas to get to this stage — not just a matter of years but going back decades, quite frankly.”

Both laws use the term “unborn child” (more…)

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We counted 38 (both presenters & attendees) at today's PP rally/march in Topeka

Planned Parenthood rallied their troops today in Topeka to fight state and federal defunding bans.  But even the 72-degree temperature couldn’t lure more than 38 people, including abortion industry lobbyists.

The desperation is palpable.  Unitarian minister Tom Belote warned the group that women will die of cancer if Planned Parenthood loses tax money.

That was an obvious reference to breast cancer, since the group waved pink signs, referencing the pink-ribbon Komen anti-breast cancer campaign.  However Planned Parenthood does NOT provide mammograms at ANY facility.

There are 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Centers that provide the same care PP does – plus mammograms – along with providing other health care services for the entire family.  These are the kinds of legitimate community health clinics in Kansas that legislators want to fund, especially in these tough economic times.

On Feb. 8, Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe) offered such a ‘defund Planned Parenthood’ amendment to the current 2010/11 budget and it passed the House 91-26. Gov. Brownback’s proposed budget also defunds Planned Parenthood, which nationally made $1.2 billion in profits last year.

The Planned Parenthood national business report recently released shows the embattled agency did more abortions in 2009 than it has done in any prior year.  The 2009 figures show it provided fewer pregnant women with non-abortion services:

  • 97.6 % of pregnant women who went to Planned Parenthood were sold abortions,
  • with a 25 % drop in prenatal care clients,
  • and a whopping 59 % decline in adoption referrals.

Despite its protestations that (more…)

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Annual KFL Rally for Life

Kansas physician, Mila Means– who works at the Kansas City, Kansas abortion clinic, Aid for Women–is being sued by the landlord of her Wichita medical office, because she plans to begin doing abortions there.

Abortion is not only immoral, it makes a lousy business neighbor.  The landlord’s suit complains that Means’ intended abortion business is driving out other tenants.

According to the Associated Press, Foliage Development seeks a temporary restraining order to keep Means from performing abortions at its office complex in Wichita. A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 15.

But while the AP reporter got those facts correct, she ignored specific written info and a phone conversation that proved no malice afoot in the selection of a location for a peaceful prayer meeting scheduled for Friday night, Feb.4.

The facts are that Kansans for Life had contracted for any available east-central venue from the Wichita school district rental services.  It was a bureaucrat (whom KFL named to the press) who chose the specific public school location near where George Tiller was murdered. (more…)

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An estimated 1500 pro-lifers braved the cold and snow to march through downtown Topeka to the KFL Rally for Life.

The day’s events included workshops and Mass celebrated by Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann, who gave the invocation to rally attendees. Pro-life lawmakers at the event were introduced to an enthusiastic crowd.

Phil Stacey, of American Idol fame, beautifully sang the national anthem. The KFL 2010 state oratory contest winner, Trisha Herbert, (who placed third nationally) gave her winning speech.

But the stunning difference in this year’s event was that, for the first time ever, a Kansas Governor, Sam Brownback, attended the Mass for Life, proudly marched alongside students and families, and then addressed the crowd from the steps of the Capitol.

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Grand prize went to Erin Kellerman, gr. 6

Hundreds of posters were welcomed this year from across the state, illustrating the theme, KANSAS IS A GREAT PLACE FOR BABIES TO BE BORN!

Rally for Life attendants today in Topeka viewed the winners and 35 other delightful entries. (more…)

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Gov. Sam Brownback

For over a decade, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback has marked the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade by addressing hundreds of thousands at the rally prior to the March for Life in Washington D.C.

This year, as Governor of Kansas, Brownback will address pro-lifers in Topeka as keynote speaker at our annual state Rally for Life on Friday, Jan.21.

Following a march from the Topeka downtown auditorium (TPAC), crowds will gather at 11:30 a.m. on the south steps of the Capitol to be inspired by elected officials, clergy, KFL leaders, the teen oratory contest winner, and music.

Workshops on the unborn’s pain capability, end of life issues and the upcoming legislative agenda are scheduled for 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Complete schedule here.  See you there!

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Lawmakers gathered at the Statehouse Monday for swearing-in ceremonies were excited about the change in tone this year and told our KFL lobbyists they are revved up to work.

Much of the positivity is set by newly sworn-in Gov. Sam Brownback’s promise to sign pro-life bills, as well as his high aspirations for Kansas.  3 of the top action priorities for his administration’s Protect Kansas Families agenda are pro-life goals:

  • Support and defend the dignity of human life;
  • Increase adoptions;
  • Protect health insurance options.

The first 2 goals have been perennial for Kansans for Life, the third has gained increased importance after the passage of Obamacare.   New Attorney General, Derek Schmidt, announced that the state (more…)

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KFL sponsored an anti-PP billboard this month

Recent Planned Parenthood billboards in the Kansas City area hail their 75th anniversary of  ‘helping your loved ones’.  Indignant pro-lifers contacted Kansans for Life to co-sponsor billboard rebuttals. (Sample shown)

The anniversary fundraising dinner received, in effect, free publicity from the Kansas City Star, part of the McClatchy chain.  Having pocketed Planned Parenthood’s 2006 Maggie Award–named for eugenicist founder Margaret Sanger– the Star exhibits an ongoing love affair with the abortion business located in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park.

One Star piece profiled Emily Boyer, a 20-year-old college student scheduled to speak at the dinner, based on her PP experience of  “canvassing crowds with petitions for support of comprehensive sex education, passing out condoms on her campus and sitting at information tables.”

A Star editorial on the day of the fundraiser read like a glowing press release.  It cited PP’s history in Kansas City, attempting to minimize its 5,000 annual abortions (half of Kansas’ total) and the 107 criminal (more…)

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The annual KFL state Rally for Life will be held Jan. 21, 2011 in downtown Topeka with great speakers and workshops.  Also at the rally, the top entries from our annual grade school poster contest will be displayed.

Kansas students in grades 3-8 in public, private and home schools are eligible to design a poster and win cash prizes.  Complete details here.

The 2010 state rally saw approximately 2,000 pro-lifers march from the downtown auditorium to the state Supreme Court steps.  In 2011, an even bigger crowd is expected, including a large contingency of college students.   The specific rally details will be announced in a future post.

The national March for Life will take place in Washington D.C. on Monday Jan. 24 in 2011.  Both events mark the U.S. Supreme Court Roe v Wade  decision which wrongly legalized abortion.

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Abby Johnson quit PP

The selection of Abby Johnson, former clinic director for Planned Parenthood, to speak at Kansans for Life’s July 14 Kansas City regional breakfast couldn’t be more timely.

This week, Planned Parenthood has not explained their national accounting discrepancy of $1.6 billion dollars.  A recent report from the Government Accountability Office revealed Planned Parenthood spent $657 million in federal funds between 2002 and 2008, while another report showed they took in more than $2 billion in grants and programs during that time.

Scandals don’t seem to deter Planned Parenthood supporters. The nation’s largest  abortion business has failed to explain over 2 years of regularly revealed incidents of medical misinformation and illegal counseling in various states’ clinics.  Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson has twice strongly funded Planned Parenthood, despite the unresolved 107 criminal charges awaiting PP’s Overland Park facility.

In 2009 and 2010, Parkinson vetoed the same Huelskamp/ Kinzer budget provision that would have bumped Planned Parenthood from consuming (more…)

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