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Jan Pauls

Today in Hutchinson, funeral services are being held for a stalwart pro-life leader, former State Rep. Jan Pauls, who died last Wednesday at age 64. She had endured a variety of health challenges over the last few years.

Pauls was a Reno County attorney who served in various legal positions, including county district judge.  She was appointed in Aug. 1991 to fill the district 102 state rep vacancy under pro-life Democrat Gov. Joan Finney.

Pauls served 26 years at the Statehouse, until 2017– the last two years as a Republican. The withering of the pro-life position and other policies in the Democrat Party platform caused her, in her words, “to go from Blue Dog Democrat to Blue Collar Republican.”

UNWAVERING VOICE FOR LIFE
As a legislator, Paul’s absolute defense for the unborn was there from the start and never wavered. She not only voted pro-life, she regularly articulated compelling support for it–and against hostile proposals– at the podium during House debate.

The KFL legislative team always sought her input on new pro-life measures and her counsel in persuading wavering reps to vote for life.

“Jan had the courage of her convictions. She was a pro-life champion,” remembered KFL president, Joe Patton, who served as a state legislator with her from 2007 through 2012.

Kansas Catholic Conference executive director Michael Schuttloffel commended her. “Jan served in the front lines of the greatest human rights battle of our time: the fight to protect innocent, defenseless, unborn human beings from death by abortion.  When others succumbed to political pressure on this issue, Jan stood strong as Gibraltar.”

Lance Kinzer, past KFL president and a State rep from 2004-2014, also had deep respect for her professionalism. “One of the most striking things about Jan was her attention to detail; she truly read every word of every bill, every amendment, and every conference committee report. She did this because she understood that small details mattered in the way a new law would be interpreted, applied and enforced. To me, the work ethic associated with this level of effort was the most impressive thing about her –and made her really stand out as a legislator.”

As State Rep, at the close of the legislative session in 2016, Pauls pushed hard to get Simon’s Law passed via conference committee. The measure reflected her long-time commitment to reforming Kansas law to protect children and families. (The measure became law this July.)

In our experience, Rep. Jan Pauls did not aspire to preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits or popularity.

Rather, she was a wise and hard-working servant of Kansas and champion for life.  May she rest in peace.

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Mary Wilkinson

Mary Wilkinson

Joe Patton

Joe Patton

Following a well-attended Rally for Life in Topeka on Jan. 23, KFL Board members, elected two new officers, one new executive board member, and re-elected several current executive board members.

Joe Patton, former state representative from Topeka, is the new president, replacing outgoing president, Lance Kinzer, and Mary Wilkinson, Wichita, is the new Vice-president.

Re-elected officers include Secretary, Marcia Roos, Iola and Greg Nance, Treasurer, Wichita. Joey Patton was newly elected as Educational Director. Other members of the Executive Committee were re-elected to their current positions.

State Executive Director, Mary Kay Culp, who works out of KFL’s Overland Park office, and State Development Director, David Gittrich, of the Wichita state office, and other organizational positions remain unchanged. In December, KFL hired Peter Northcott, Lawrence, as Assistant State Director.

Lance Kinzer, J.D. became President of KFL in January, 2015 after 10 years in the legislature spearheading major pro-life bills. He led the KFL organization as Kansas became the first state in the nation to pass the historic Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act and also guided our educational campaign against judicial activism.

Now, KFL welcomes Joe Patton, J.D., to the helm. In accepting the office, Patton said,

“Kansans for Life is one of the most effective and dynamic social action organizations in the nation. Our vision is serving God by protecting the foundation of all human rights, the right to life. It is an honor to serve.”

Patton is one of the original 1983 founders of Kansans for Life as the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee.

Joey Patton

Joey Patton

Peter Northcott

Peter Northcott

During his Statehouse tenure from 2007 until 2012 representing southwest Topeka, he helped achieve passage for various pro-life laws, including ending tax-funded abortion training at KU Medical Center. Patton led the House floor debate on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which is in effect, and is daily saving unborn children –at 22 weeks gestation and upwards– from abortion in Kansas.

Mary Wilkinson, R.N., has long been involved in Kansas pro-life activism and service to KFL–  from large scale rally preparations to media relations. She organized the original Wichita affiliate, LIFE Inc., and is currently a member of the KFL Political Action Committee (KFL PAC).

Business administrator and author, Joey Patton, has been an intern with the National Right to Life Committee, one of the organizers of NRLC’s Teens for Life, and a frequent speaker for the pro-life cause.

Rally for Life 2017 Topeka

Rally for Life 2017 Topeka

2017 RALLY FOR LIFE

After leading Monday’s Rally March  downtown to the Capitol with the four Catholic bishops of Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback addressed the nearly 2,000 participants. Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer also spoke to the crowd with a backdrop of pro-life legislators, many newly elected, standing on the south steps of the Capitol.

One of the freshman class, Rep. Susan Humphries (R-Wichita), had just finished remarks in the House, noting the 59 million innocent lives have been lost due to Roe v Wade (see pg. 97 of the House Journal here).

Rep. Susan Humphries

Rep. Susan Humphries

Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook

Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook

Veteran pro-life champion, State Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook (R-Shawnee) was also part of the legislative contingent on the steps. Later that day she introduced a proclamation recognizing the valuable contribution of the pregnancy assistance centers across Kansas (read on pg.67 of the Senate Journal here).

Also speaking at the Rally podium and at an afternoon workshop was Krystle Pauly, Wichita, advocating healthy birthing options for unborn children diagnosed with severe, life-limiting conditions.  Read more about Krystle’s testimony and perinatal hospice on the kfl.org website, here.

For more about the KFL 2017 Rally for Life, and Gov. Brownback’s challenge to the state Supreme Court not to invent a state “right” to abortion, please read this article at Lifenews.com.

To keep up with the exciting daily pro-life policy announcements and executive orders by new President Donald Trump, stay tuned to National Right to Life News Today.

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