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Activist Judge backs PPKMM

Planned Parenthood of Kansas Mid-Missouri (PPKMM) insists that they will be irreparably harmed without Kansas’ Title X contracts and Federal Judge Thomas Marten is backing them up.

The state of Kansas, in an Aug. 9 appeal brief, labels that claim of harm as “rank speculation” not deserving emergency relief from the court.

The state’s appeal asked Judge Marten to take back his injunction while the matter is in litigation, but– no surprise here– he denied the appeal in a ruling Wednesday.

The clock is ticking in this high-stakes matter because the federal HHS agency ordinarily requires all Title X family planning contracts to be finalized by Aug. 31. Late today, the Associated Press was reporting PPKMM wants to force the state of Kansas to turn over federal funds  immediately. (more…)

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Facility Guidelines Institute was a KDHE source for abortion regs

The state Rules & Regs Board met in the Statehouse today to approve temporary regulations devised by KDHE (state health department) to administer the new abortion licensure law, going into effect tomorrow, July 1.

Planned Parenthood– after lobbying tooth and nail for nearly a decade against this law, and whining all week long about regulations as being unnecessary and impossible to achieve in short time– secured a license late today.   KFL Executive Director, Mary Kay Culp, commented,

“Frankly, Planned Parenthood securing a license was never seriously in doubt and they knew it; they used it for political purposes to re-position themselves as the victims of political persecution prior to them having to return to CRIMINAL court in Johnson County on July 15th after a two year interruption caused by former AG Steve Six.

Planned Parenthood promised to withdraw a lawsuit they had filed against the licensure law, although they are still pursuing another lawsuit to regain access to Title X federal family planning money. (see court filings: motion here. memo here, and complaint here) (more…)

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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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