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Both bills edit old statutes, replacing the term 'fetus' with Unborn Child.

The Kansas Senate today ushered in a new pro-life era by advancing two significant measures that Gov. Sam Brownback is anxious to sign into law.

The landmark Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act, HB 2218, and the  Abortion Reporting Accuracy and Parental Rights Act, HB 2035, each passed 24-15.  Both measures acquired minor amendments on the Senate floor and will require a quick assent  by the House, when it returns to work Monday.

UPDATE Mar. 29: House concurs on HB 2035 by100-22 and HB 2218 by 94-28.

Sen. Terry Bruce (R-Hutchinson) did a top notch job leading the defense of HB 2218 in floor debate,  citing

  • the 1987 ground breaking evidence published in  the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine,
  • a ‘litany’ of consistent scientific studies after that, and
  • the 2004 U.S. Dept. of Justice testimony of top researchers.

Bruce added “the smartest man he knew, one of only ten neuro-radiologists in the country” supports the science of the bill that unborn children aged 20 weeks post-conception (22 weeks gestation) can acutely experience pain.

Speaking in support of HB 2218 were Senators Julia Lynn (R-Olathe), Ty Masterson (R-Andover) and Garrett Love (R-Garden City. Sen. Jeff King (R-Independence) (more…)

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Rep. Joe Patton carried the 'pain-capable unborn' bill

On Thursday, the Kansas House gave final passage to 2 important pro-life bills, authored by Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe). Several hostile amendments were soundly rebuffed. The victory margins would have been greater had three pro-life supporters not been unavoidably absent.

The first bill, HB 2035, the Abortion Reporting Accuracy & Parental Rights Act, passed 96-25. It strengthens parental involvement for pregnant minors, improves judicial bypass protocol, acknowledges that abortion will terminate the life of a separate, whole, unique living human being, and includes provisions preventing abortion fraud that were passed but vetoed 3 times by past Governors Sebelius & Parkinson.

Rep. Kinzer carried this bill, overcoming objections that parental consent with a waiver for objective situations–available in 25 other states– would adversely affect a pregnant teen in an abusive family situation.  Kinzer also exposed a hostile amendment as giving abortionists the right to decide when a teen involves her parents. The hostile amendments failed.

The second bill, HB 2218, the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act, passed 91-30. It is landmark legislation, (more…)

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This afternoon, the House Federal State Affairs committee passed the Abortion Reporting Accuracy and Parental Rights Act, HB 2035.

Committee members Judith Loganbill (D-Wichita), Sean Gatewood (D-Topeka) and Ponca-We Victors (D-Wichita) voted against passage with 2 other abortion-supporting committee members absent.

The Abortion Reporting Accuracy and Parental Rights Act (HB 2035 content and sponsors here) reflects that parents should be counseling and protecting their underage pregnant daughters, especially in light of yet another undercover expose of Planned Parenthood abortion clinic staff (audio only):

With yet more proof of the outrageous behavior inside clinics toward underage pregnant girls, committee passage of a stronger parental involvement bill was a no-brainer.

An identical bill has been filed in the Senate, SB 146, by Senators Mark Taddiken (R- Clifton) and Terry Bruce (R-Hutchinson). See bill content and Senate co-sponsor list here.

Under HB 2035/SB 146, if minors apply to court to bypass their parents, the judge in the proceeding should

  • use a strong standard of “clear & convincing” evidence;
  • prepare an adequate court record of why the girl is circumventing her parents;
  • be allowed to order counseling for the minor;
  • be required to inform authorities if abuse is suspected.

HB 2035/SB 146, the Abortion Reporting Accuracy and Parental Rights Act, also governs the reporting of late abortions with provisions that were vetoed 3 times by abortion-supporting past governors Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson.

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