Posts Tagged ‘Kansans for Life (KFL)’

convention titel finalThe pro-life movement in Kansas is at a critical point in its history and Kansans for Life is holding a state convention on Sat., Nov. 14, to unite pro-lifers behind a plan for success.

The mobilizing crisis is a Topeka judge’s ruling in June that our 1859 Kansas state constitution contains a newly-discovered right to abortion –separate and distinct from the abortion legalization imposed on all states in 1973 by the Roe v Wade ruling.

This outrageous court development was consistently forewarned by Kansans for Life. The ruling is being appealed, but if we should lose, every state pro-life law will be lost, and Kansas tax-payer funding of abortion will be mandated!

A successful strategy is already in play–and will be detailed by national and state experts at the convention. To win, we need all pro-lifers “rowing in the same direction” and joining with fellow Kansans at this convention is the key.

This convention will also feature a variety of workshops and exhibits on abortion, stem cell innovations, rationed healthcare, advanced directives, pastoral concerns and community outreach.

The KFL convention will be held in Wichita with three separate tracks, tailored to address specific viewpoints and strengths:

  1. General Audience
  2. Latinos for Life
  3. Teens for Life.

A very low cost of $30 per person provides breakfast, lunch, all workshops, a convention book, gift bag and a closing musical gala.

No matter what your chosen role is in this pro-life battle, we guarantee you will be empowered and energized at this convention!

Paid pre-registration is absolutely required, and closes Nov. 6.

See the promotional flyer here, listing the speakers and workshops, along with the registration form.

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Senate VP Jeff King

Sen. Jeff King

28 of 40 Kansas Senators voted Wednesday to approve two measures allowing reform of the judicial nomination system. It would affect all the state’s highest justices and judges–those on the Kansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

The current system, “does not have the legitimacy for the voters of the state of Kansas that it needs,” according to the bill sponsor, new Senate Vice-president, Jeff King (R-Independence).

The first Senate bill, SCR 1601, allows the public to vote to change the Kansas Constitution method of selecting the state Supreme Court and needs 2/3 approval of both chambers to be put on the 2014 ballot. SCR 1601 would put the selection of the appellate court into the state Constitution.

SCR 1601 mirrors the House measure, HCR 5002, applying to selection for both courts, and which passed favorably out of the House Judiciary committee last week, following extensive testimony over three days.

The Senate also passed a second, companion bill SB 8, creating a seven-member commission that would review the caliber of the Governor’s nominee for use in Senate confirmation.

Kansans for Life is scoring these measures as pro-life; we have long supported judicial selection reform measures that improve transparency and public involvement.  In 2006, we scored as pro-life a vote supporting a more modest reform measure allowing Senate confirmation of state Supreme Court nominees. During Senate confirmation, the public can learn of the leanings and past rulings of the nominees, similar to the vetting that happens at the federal level for nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sen. majority leader Terry Bruce

Sen. Terry Bruce

The current method of filling each vacancy for the state’s Supreme and appellate courts is considered secretive and non-democratic. In private deliberations, the judicial nominating committee, composed of five lawyers and four non-lawyers, selects three names from which the governor must choose one. The reform would give the governor free reign for picking a nominee, which the Senate –in open session– would have to vote whether to confirm or not. In the latter case, the process starts anew.

The reform also eliminates the current nominating committee. New Senate Majority Leader, Terry Bruce (R-Hutchinson), described that committee as “distorted by special interest lawyers”.  Both Senators King and Bruce, who urged the reform measures, are themselves attorneys by profession; but many attorneys, including the Kansas Bar association, have long fought to keep the nominating committee.

More discussion of the Kansas courts’ pro-abortion bias and testimony about the nominating committee political bias will appear in a follow-up post.

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