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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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Michael Schuttloffel

Michael Schuttloffel challenged SB 95 opponents

Senate Bill 95, the “Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act,” was the topic of the Kansas House Federal State Affairs committee this morning. But only pro-life proponents actually discussed the dismemberment abortion procedure in clear language while testimony from opponents neither mentioned the procedure by name or explained what takes place.

The measure has already passed the state Senate on a vote of 31-9.  Pro-life Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has promised to sign this bill. Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D. testified in person in support of SB 95.

Speaking in opposition to SB 95 were essentially the same few abortion defenders who came to the first hearing on the bill in the Senate. They were utterly bereft of meaningful testimony, including Elise Higgins, the lobbyist for Planned Parenthood and Julie Burkhart, Wichita abortion business owner.

Rather than talking  about what happens in a dismemberment abortion–  arms, legs, and other body parts are torn off a baby until she dies–the message of opponents was to allege that the bill tied abortionists’ hands from using the safest method and could lead to costly legal fees when the law is challenged in court.

They noted that Kansas has already paid over a million dollars defending pro-life laws but opponents of SB 95 failed to mention that Kansas has won all completed lawsuits and is narrowing the final two still in progress.

But there were two individuals today whose attitudes did not likely win the hearts and minds of committee members.

One wrote that she had needed to undergo repeated “D&C” procedures years ago.  (A D&C  is when a gynecologist scrapes the uterine walls.)

In oral testimony, she incorrectly charged that SB 95 would have prevented her from getting the treatment she needed. But a D&C is not an “D& E” which is an intentional grasping and ripping of body parts of the unborn child.

She wagged her finger at the committee, accused them of oppressing one gender (women), and lectured  them that the issue is too “private” for their consideration.

Actually, the U.S. Supreme Court, in consideration of the methods of partial-birth and dismemberment abortions,  has said that legislatures are the appropriate factfinders– and that if clear language is not used, the public is disserved!

Another witness told the committee that the state had no business creating laws that restricted abortion because “For some women, happiness and even basic survival is dependent on not having a child.”

The eugenic flavor of her comments prompted Rep. Jan Pauls (R-Hutchinson) to gently probe whether the witness was really advocating that babies were better off being aborted than being born into poverty?  The witness basically answered yes.

She also asserted that “this bill caters to a specific religious perspective on when life begins.” This dodge was predicted (and answered) in earlier comments that morning from Michael Schuttloffel, director of the Kansas Catholic Conference:

“[Abortion supporters regularly assert in these hearings that the humanity of the unborn] is a philosophical or religious question, not a scientific question. So I want someone to explain to us today the science of how this is NOT a human being. This unborn child is alive. She has arms, legs, her own heartbeat, her own brainwaves, her own blood, often a different blood type from the mother, and her own human DNA What is this– if it is not a human being?

I really think [opposing] legislators–before they vote against this bill –should go visit an abortion clinic and see the results of a dismemberment abortion. [After] the [abortionist] removes all of the pieces of the baby to make sure they haven’t left anything behind…”

At the close of her testimony, Burkhart did invite legislators to visit “her” clinic, saying she is “very proud of it.” Do you want to bet she shows visitors the facility and not the tray with dismembered baby parts?

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"shoe phones" = as outmoded as the nightly local news

Summer is here and we suggest that instead of reading novels at the beach, you take your laptop, iPad or blackberry and get educated about life issues online!

Too many Kansas public policy issues are grounded in bad science and twisted polling, notably Obamacare and some Kansas legislative proposals.  So KFL started this blog to add details to news events before they fly by, and to provide analysis with live links for in-depth information.

But while this blog emphasizes pro-life news that involves or affects Kansans, we encourage readers to keep abreast of other pro-life events and commentary.  Start every weekday with Lifenews.com (top of our right-hand column) to learn what events on the national pro-life scene alarm– or inspire– you.  Lifenews has a helpful and comprehensive search engine.

Our blogroll (on the lower right) is worth regular browsing: (more…)

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