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Kansas Has A New Abortion Bill. And It’s BIG

Kansas Has A New Abortion Bill. And It’s BIG

Kansas Republicans might be feeling a little upstaged by their friends just south in Arkansas. That would at least explain this latest monstrosity of anti-abortion legislation.

The bill, which passed out of a Kansas House committee last week, includes everything from prohibiting public schools using sex-education instruction from Planned Parenthood to rewriting tax laws to prevent groups providing abortions from receiving tax exemptions or credits that go to other nonprofit groups or health care providers.

The bill also details additional “informed consent” requirements as well as additional restrictions against the state’s medical school performing abortions on “state time” and prevents any abortion provider from furnishing materials or instructors for sex education classes in public school.

Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life, the most influential anti-abortion group in Kansas, offered this daft example to justify the bill, arguing parents shouldn’t have to worry about their children being educated by groups like Planned Parenthood “so that they can learn where the local abortion clinic is.”

“It’s like if you let the driver’s ed come from the local Buick dealer down the street,” she said.

Seriously. Words fail.

A first draft of the bill written by anti-choice legislators was so broad that it would have prevented any abortion provider or their employees from volunteering at their children’s schools but that was apparently too much for even the anti-choice zealots in Kansas who managed to narrow the language on this point.

That doesn’t mean the anti-choicers are letting up though. For good measure the Kansas Republicans also included a provision that declares that life begins “at fertilization” and “unborn children have interests in life, health and well-being that should be protected.”

Kansas Republicans in the Senate are pushing their own anti-abortion agenda as well. They’ve already approved a bill making it a crime for doctors to perform abortions solely because a woman or her family doesn’t want a baby of a certain gender.

In addition to the restrictions coming out of the House, it’s shaping up to be a banner year in the battle over reproductive rights in Kansas. And while so far Kansas Republicans have not yet proposed a 12-week ban like the one that just became law in Arkansas, there’s still time. In fact, there’s plenty of reason to believe anti-choicers in the state are just warming up.


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6:01PM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Seeing all these religious fanatics jacking off to Gosnell made me think of something...

To support their anti-abortion agenda they keep bringing forth one single criminal who committed illegal and inhumane acts under the guise of abortion.

Imagine if, as evidence against religion, someone were to list ALL those who commit cruelties and atrocities under the guise of religion. How many volumes would that fill? War and genocide in history aside (which was done legally back then), what about all the ILLEGAL activities done by religious professionals today? Pedophile priests and child abuse in the FLDS are just the tip of the iceberg.

9:11AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Pat P. Seriously, Pat? Youtube? Youtube is good for entertainment and stupidity.. Not a place to get information. As I didn't go out to the video. I am going to guess that it was just more of your antichoice bullshit.

8:27AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

3:26PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Dela Z.,”To me, a caring woman, abortion always comes down to this: do I sacrifice my child for inconveniences in life, or do I sacrifice conveniences in my life for my child?”

You love to take a complex issue and try to oversimplify it. I guess if you were raped you would still try to play the hero and raise it? Or what if your father got to you? Or the child would be born with debilitating illness that your insurance wouldn’t cover? I guess you’d be like the other thousands of people who stupidly chose to have the kid and watch it suffer. I see a lot of well meaning parents who stubbornly have the kid, then get sick themselves trying to care for them. I do think about it. And life isn’t a movie. Here’s a reality check. Every day I see these unwanted kids, some of whom were horrible abused or neglected. Some who had well meaning parents who tried to care for them, but in the end could not. Some of these kids have a very good temperament and are very kind. But they are miserable. They lost those they cared for (and who cared for them). Now they’re stuck with a group of other children they shouldn’t be with, who are mean and hateful. They only talk about killing themselves. As a loving parent, is that something you want kids to go through? Think about it.

1:20PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Yeah, we get it. You anti-abortion nutjobs are having orgasm after orgasm as you follow the Gosnell case. He, and you, are disgusting.

12:40PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Looks like Kermit Gosnell has quite a fan club... :)

12:34PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Dela Z., Vlad V., and Mary W. .

Roe v Wade. Reality. You are not the woman making the decision for her pregnancy. Yours, mine and every one else opinion, religious belief, morality, and ideology does not count. Those are facts. Deal with it.

12:23PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Teresa.... I can never get your replies either.....thought it was just me.....Hi all !!

12:17PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Kermit Gosnell:

11:10AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

To me, a caring woman, abortion always comes down to this: do I sacrifice my child for inconveniences in life, or do I sacrifice conveniences in my life for my child? And if you were watching this scene play out in a movie, who is the greater hero? Who is more selfish? Who is more selfless? Who would you rather be? ...seriously think about it...

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