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Gov. Brownback flanked by KFL's Mary Kay Culp and Archbishop Naumann

Gov. Sam Brownback, flanked by KFL’s Exec. Director, Mary Kay Culp, and KCK Archbishop Joseph Naumann

Neither the D.C. blizzard nor the legal disapproval of half of the Kansas state Court of Appeals stopped the Pro-life Religious Council from giving their award to Gov. Sam Brownback Friday for Kansas’ historic passage of The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.

The result of a rare 7-7 tie decision Friday by the Kansas Court of Appeals is that the appalling opinion of Shawnee District Judge Larry Hendricks’ is upheld–for now. Judge Hendricks ruled that barbaric dismemberment abortions cannot be outlawed because the 1859 Kansas Constitution contains a right to abortion.

The dismemberment ban is not voided, but it remains enjoined from going into effect while litigation continues. The ban will be vigorously defended by the legal team of Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

"shower curtain"sign by Kansas pro-life activist, Vonda Wiedmeyer

“shower curtain” sign held up in the audience by Kansas pro-life activist, Vonda Wiedmer

In his acceptance remarks, Gov. Brownback urged that Kansas’ strong bipartisan passage of this dismemberment ban be repeated across the nation and at the nation’s Capitol.

Fr. Frank Pavone, who hosted the award ceremony, observed that the Appeals Court ruling shows that, “the battle for the unborn child’s civil rights will go back and forth for now. We know, however, that the truth of that child’s humanity will ultimately triumph over the lies of the abortion industry.”

Among attendees at the PRC presentation were Mary Kay Culp, Executive Director of Kansans for Life, and Archbishop Joseph Naumann, head of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. The Kansas Catholic conference had testified in support of the ban:

“The fact that this legislation is even necessary is an indictment of our society and even the very notion of human progress…[when] we in the here and now allow our children to be torn apart, piece by piece, limb by limb.”

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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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Sr. Keehan with Vice President Joe Biden

UPDATE March 16: Archbishop Naumann contradicts CHA and asks for calls to swing votes.

The U.S. Catholic Bishops issued an emergency alert for parishioners to receive Sunday, urging opposition to the U.S. Senate health bill, Sr. Carol Keehan, head of the national Catholic Hospital Association, brazenly is supporting the bill, the AP reported Saturday.

(Pro-lifers: take action here)

Keehan has been faulted for being too closely allied with the push for universal health care. Keehan attended a March 3 White House briefing at the White House, an event she said clarified her decision.  However, the Bishops  this week enumerated all the ways abortion is embedded in the Senate bill/Obamacare. (more…)

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From Kansans for Life advisory board member, Cathy McDonnell:
If you are interested in signing the Manhattan Declaration, you can go to The Manhattan Declaration.  The Manhattan Declaration is a statement from a group of Catholic and Protestant leaders, as well as lay people, publicly supporting the dignity of life, the family and freedom of conscience.

You can read about the declaration at the site.  The gist is that Christians will not participate in ethical issues which go against their faith and –if need be– will practice civil disobedience. (more…)

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