Skip to comments.Kansas Passes Three Pro-Life Bills, Bans Sex-Selection Abortion
Posted on 04/08/2013 8:04:10 AM PDT by Morgana
Late Friday evening, as the legislative session was ending, the Kansas legislature passed three pro-life bills that Kansans for Life is confident pro-life Gov. Sam Brownback will sign. Due to late amendments, all the measures were procedurally re-affirmed by both chambers as conference committee recommendations and passed by large margins.
Pro-Life House Judiciary chair, Lance Kinzer, (R-Olathe), commented, These measures represent a significant step forward in our ongoing effort to advance thoughtful and targeted legislation that both defends innocent human life and protects women who are so often exploited by the abortion industry.
The Pro-life Protections Act of 2013, HB 2253, passed 90-30 in the House and 28-10 in the Senate. It codifies abortion informed consent materials authorized by the state health department, and removes all tax streams that pay for abortion and give advantages to abortion businesses.
The informed consent section has an added mandate for the state health department to facilitate medical information access and community support for families facing pre-birth and post-birth diagnoses of Down Syndrome and other conditions.
HB 2253 assures taxpayers are not directly funding abortion or abortion training at the state university, and forbids state discrimination against pro-life citizens and entities.
As of this week, HB 2253 now includes SB 141, the ban on abortions done solely for the gender of the unborn child. This ban was passed earlier in the session by the Senate, and passed last year in the House as a provision in another bill. Kansas will join Illinois, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Arizona, in banning sex selection abortions.
The second measure secured Friday was SB 199, with votes of 90-30 in the House, 31-8 in the Senate. It establishes a unique Midwest Center for Stem Cell Therapy at University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) in collaboration with the Blood and Marrow Transplant Center of Kansas and the Via Christi Cancer Institute in Wichita.
The Center will expand ongoing adult and cord blood treatments and become a global clinical and educational resource for cures and treatments that do not use embryonic or fetal tissues. The Center will fill a void by producing clinical grade stem cells, increasing clinical trials in this region, maintaining a comprehensive stem cell database, and creating educational training modules.
The third bill passed which Kansans for Life supported is HB 2164, by a vote count of 92-28 in the house and 26-12 the Senate. Under this bill, grand juries summoned by citizen petitions are protected from being undermined by local district attorneys. A citizen-petitioned grand jury is an important watchdog tool, which has been used in Kansas to challenge government agencies not upholding pro-life and pro-family laws.
Last month, Kansas passed SB 142, Unborn Civil Rights for the Unborn, which outlaws civil actions of wrongful birth and wrongful life on behalf of disabled children.
OPPONENTS TALKING POINTS CORRECTED: Abortion supporters continue to mischaracterize these billseven during debate in both chambers Friday nightso here are some needed corrections. Under these pro-life bills:
only abortions done solely for sex selection are banned, otherwise abortions for any reason, including rape, remain legal until the 22nd week of pregnancy, and after that time, can be obtained to preserve the life of the mother or prevent irreversible and substantial physical damage to her; hospitals suffer no penalties for treating life-of-the-mother crises including both ectopic pregnancies and emergencies throughout 9 months; the updated informed consent materials (created by KDHE since 1997) do not contain misinformation, do not say abortion causes breast cancer, and do not force any abortion provider to tell women ANYTHING because the materials are written and online; the acknowledgment that life begins at fertilization is language approved in 1989 by the U.S. Supreme Court, and adopted by 13 other statesit does not challenge abortion decisions at the federal or state level; there was no money taken from the KUMC budget for the adult stem center, and the center is not hostage to politics, but is expanding on successful medical treatments ALREADY under way at KUMC and across the state.
Working hard to do penance for electing Sebelius.
90-30. Wow! Now let’s see someone sue so they can “choose” to kill their daughter.
Has this really been a problem? Do you even need to give a reason for the abortion to the abortionist? And if not, then why would they expect people to start giving reasons so this law can be enforced?
it happens all the time for invitro.
Yes it is a problem, such that many state legislators have identified the need to pass laws banning it. It does seem ironic, though, considering one is “free” to terminate their pregnancy for literally ANY reason, no questions asked.
As another FReeper pointed out, it happens to IVF children frequently. I guess that’s what happens when you treat children like a commodity or entitlement, instead of a gift from God.
Well, if I believed in a focused stress on penance, Kansas, pro-abortion-wise, would have a LOT more penance to do than for just electing Sebelius.
I was glad to see the Wichita State Shockers go down to defeat in the Final Four Saturday...as Wichita had LONG been driving up the #s of abortions in the state of Kansas due to the overwhelming # of moms who would fly/drive to Wichita for their late-term abortions @ Tiller-the-Killer's abortuary.
(Tiller was shot while serving as an usher @ a liberal Lutheran church)
Tiller had been one of the few late-term infanticide "specialists" in the country...and Wichita...and Kansas in general...tolerated him for all those years.
No wonder God allowed the Bind-Torture-Kill serial murderer -- also a leader of a another liberal Lutheran church in Wichita -- to operate for so long.
After all, if Wichita was going to tolerate the slaughter of late-term babies, why would women be protected from Satan's mayhem?
Wichita, despite its heavy long-term Catholic presence, was THE literal thorn in the flesh of so many late-term babies that died...
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. 12 If you say, But we knew nothing about this, does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done? (Proverbs 24:11-12)