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Rep. Jan Pauls

Rep. Jan Pauls

Kansas passed three pro-life measures Tuesday. Two of them (SB 142 and SCR 1606) are headed to Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk, the third (SB 199, creating a stem cell center) is temporarily stalled in conference due to the addition of a friendly amendment.

Pro-lifers are acutely aware that over 55 million unborn children have been denied the right to life because of Roe v. Wade. However Roe’s interior logic has also infiltrated courtrooms increasingly in the form of ‘wrongful birth’ and ‘wrongful life’ lawsuits. These are suits brought under the claim that money damages are owed the parents because the baby—most often one with some significant disability—should not be alive.

Kansas passed SB 142 ‘Civil Rights for the Unborn’ by a vote Tuesday of 89-33 in the House, following earlier Senate passage by a vote of 34-5. Currently, thirteen states bar wrongful birth claims by statute or case law and 34 bar wrongful life suits by statute or case law.

This bill does not interfere with the proper filing of malpractice for obstetric negligence and incompetence. However, this simple truth did not deter abortion supporters from telling the nation that Kansas doctors will be free under this bill to “lie to women.” After making that claim at the bill’s hearing in the House Corrections & Juvenile Justice committee, and

when challenged directly by pro-life Rep. Jan Pauls, the Kansas N.O.W. lobbyist reasserted that only pro-choice doctors will not lie to women.

Additionally noteworthy is the provision in SB 142 that allows civil causes of action for wrongful death of an unborn child (outside of the abortion context) to be filed throughout the entire nine months of gestation, not just after viability. SB 142 is the civil counterpart of Kansas’ 2007 “Alexa’s Law,” allowing criminal prosecution when the unborn is a victim of crime.

Also on Tuesday, SCR 1606, a joint chamber resolution recognizing the work of pregnancy maintenance centers in Kansas and across the nation, passed the House 122-0 after having passed the Senate.

Kansas has eighty pregnancy maintenance help centers. (If you divide the estimated 2,000 national centers by 50 states that would yield an average of 40 per state.) These centers are a vital component of the pro-life movement. Recent testimony from one center in the Kansans City area indicated 95% of their clients are being pressured to abort by the father of the unborn child. (See this.)

Finally on Tuesday, SB 199 passed the House by a vote of 90-32, having previously passed the Senate with a vote of 33-7. Procedurally, the bill had to return to the Senate for re-passage because of a small technical addition.

SB 199 establishes the Midwest Adult Stem Cell Therapy Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center in collaboration with the Blood and Marrow Transplant Center of Kansas and the Via Christi Cancer Institute in Wichita.  “All funds and facilities shall be dedicated to treatments and research with adult, cord blood and related stem cells and non-embryonic stem cells.

No funds or facilities shall involve embryonic stem cells or fetal tissue cells.”

 The Center will:
  • serve as a core facility to produce clinical grade stem cells;
  • create and maintain a database resource for physicians and patients that provides a comprehensive global list of available stem cell clinical trials and therapies;
  • initiate clinical trials with adult, cord blood and related stem cells;
  • create education modules to train and educate physicians and research scientists.

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Gov. Brownbaack welcomes Steve Mosher to Kansas

Gov. Brownback greets Mosher

The Kansas Senate Health Committee held a hearing Monday on Senate Bill 141, an act to save our littlest children from violent gender discrimination through sex-selection abortion. A 2006 Zogby International Poll, surveying over thirty thousand, showed 86% public support for enacting such a ban.

The lead off testimony came from Steven Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute and an internationally recognized authority on demographics and sex-selection abortion.

“What we are concerned with here is more than job or pay discrimination,” said Mosher, “this is discrimination that kills.”

Sex selection is generally banned in Europe, he noted, but the bans on such abortions in India and China have not been as effective as they could be in the U. S. When asked about how the actual numbers here can be ascertained, Mosher responded that the law is a great teacher and even if reports are anecdotal, just one death is too much.

Kansans for Life’s testimony cited a history of journal articles and studies that show sex selection abortion was a concern within 2 years of Roe v. Wade.  We testified that the issue of “choosing” gender is aggravated by the growth in ‘noninvasive’ prenatal testing (using sampling of the mother’s blood or urine) that are directly marketed to parents.

Also noted to the committee was the 2008 National Academy of Science report analyzing “son preference” that found “evidence of sex selection, most likely at the prenatal stage” and likely to be “more widely practiced in the near future.”  An undercover video “sting” showing alleged sex-selection abortion being abetted at an abortion clinic was shown to the committee. (see Undercover videos)

No conferees spoke against the bill, although N.O.W. lobbyists were in the audience.The abortion lobby says “they are focused on other measures,” but the truth is they really are stuck messaging this issue.  Abortion labeled as gender discrimination undermines their argument that the so-called “reproductive rights” movement exists to prevent discrimination against women.

The language of SB 141 was part of the Pro-Life Protections Act of 2012 which passed the House 88-31, but died in the Senate.  This year, as a stand alone bill, it has 21 Senate co-sponsors.

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Kansas N.O.W. lobbyist Kari Rinker, is fanning opposition (here and here) to the Pro-Life Protections Act, HB 2598, but she is wrong that the bill will cost accreditation for the University of Kansas (KU), and she’s wrong about ob/gyn physician education.

1998 Kansas law already bans abortions at KU—but KU continued abortion training, merely moving it offsite. (read previous post)

One provision of HB 2598 would forbid abortion performance by state entities (and by state student-physicians in training) –language that mirrors what Arizona adopted in 2011 (KSA 76-3308 (i)) KU has not issued a public demand to keep abortion training, other than emails to legislators from its lobbyist,

incorrectly threatening that a lack of abortion participation would cause KU to lose accreditation by ACGME (American Council on Graduate Medical Education).

However, ACGME—by its own rules– exempts not only individuals from performing abortions for religious /moral objections to performing abortions, but also exempts education programs that are under “legal” restrictions (see article IV. A. 2 d, on pg. 13 here). That is why Arizona retains its accreditation while banning abortion training.

Authentic training required for ob/gyn physicians includes pregnancy management, evacuation of the womb and “learning about abortion procedures without doing them,” as bill-author Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe) correctly told (more…)

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Kari Rinker, KS NOW

The lobbyist for the National Organization for Women, Kari Rinker, is known for her strident testimony in the Kansas Statehouse but her behavior was miles outside the bounds of civil discourse during Thursday’s hearing for the Pro-Life Protections Act, House Bill 2598.

The new legislation prohibits various state funding and tax credits for abortions, strengthens civil rights for the unborn and improves informed consent information for abortion-minded women.

The media and observers appeared stunned at what can only be described as a rant –and even the most-abortion-supporting member of the committee held her head down, seemingly in dismay. (more…)

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Provocative sound bites like “the war on women” can too often penetrate the short-lived attention of those more interested in social media than politics. That’s why inflammatory phrases are the bread and butter for abortion supporters bereft of any convincing defense for destroying unborn children.

It generally takes our side more than a few minutes, for example, to explain how abortion businesses do not adhere to the same ethical and procedural standards as other medical fields, and how aborted women and their families haven’t filed enough malpractice suits to change that.  It’s just so much easier for pro-abortionists to avoid true rebuttal and instead label reasonable state oversight laws as selective entrapment motivated by mean people.

And on the topic of mean, Kari Rinker, the Kansas spokeswoman for the National Organization for Women (NOW) recently labeled state legislators as “our elected oppressors”(!!) after months of her maligning a Wichita minister/ legislator as unsympathetic to rape victims. It’s easier for her to call the media for a press conference to say rape is not equivalent to changing a tire (no duh) than to explain her position that children conceived by rape deserve the death penalty their fathers will never be subject to.  Or why ordinary citizens must pay for those executions and every other elective abortion.

Now that the legislature has opened session here in Kansas, as across the nation, the mainstream media is looking for ways to fill space about abortion without going undercover and doing true investigative reporting. Most of them, have run stories like this, written from the pro-abortion perspective about ‘troubling legislative trends.’  The correct facts are found in this story in NRLC news.

The media would like to reduce all topics to a few pro-and-con sound bites, but that is a disservice to the gravity of moral issues, especially abortion. The explanation for pro-life laws may exceed a sound bite, but the babies, and our nation, deserve the time.

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Look how few abortion cheerleaders turned out for a very heavily advertised rally at the Statehouse Wednesday– you can get to 24 attendees without counting the 5 reporters. Of course, the mainstream media took tight photos (here and here) to pretend there was a significantly- sized crowd there to justify coverage.

The “rally” was scheduled to last 2 hours, with music, and was organized by 3 KU young women to be featuring ACLU, N.O.W., MAINstream coalition, Planned Parenthood, “Moms for Choice,” and the misnamed “Trust Women” Political Action group (the re-imaged group begun by George Tiller). That works out to about 4 members each…

KFL did not bother to attend, as we had heard enough spin at the earlier public meeting about state health department licensure regulations, particularly, from N.O.W.’s state coordinator, Kari Ann Rinker, known for her unrestrained rhetoric. (more…)

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Tiffany Campbell

Abortion-supporters Planned Parenthood, Kansas N.O.W. and TrustWomen (a Washington D.C. Political Action Group founded by George Tiller’s long-time lobbyist Julie Burkhart) oppose HB 2218, the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  HB 2218 will ban abortions after 22 weeks gestation because of the excruciating pain felt by the unborn at this age.

Abortion supporters cannot seriously challenge the data so they falsely claim this bill interferes with medical treatment of high risk pregnancies, even with specialists denying it.

Legislators are being warned not to intrude on the “rights” of parents of unborn children with disabilities to abort them past the midterm of pregnancy–a “prenatal euthanasia. One Kansas legislator, Rep. Barbara Bollier (R-Mission Hills), strongly defends this position by distributing  a drawing of a baby without a brain!

We have great compassion for parents of unborn babies diagnosed with lethal problems, but we must affirm the right to life of those children–no matter how sad and short their days on earth.

As similar “unborn Pain” bills are moving forward in other states, abortion-supporting groups are commanding the media to focus on “sad stories” of unhealthy pregnancies. For several years, (more…)

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