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Kansas Will Propose Personhood Amendment – And This One Could Pass

Kansas Will Propose Personhood Amendment – And This One Could Pass

The state of Kansas has always been in the forefront when it comes to trying to restrict a woman’s access to abortion. The homebase of Operation Rescue, a zealous, anti-choice group known for its harassment of women seeking abortions and the doctors who perform them, and the site of the murder of Dr. George Tiller, who was gunned down at his church after years of persecution by protesters, the state legislature and attorney general, and even previous assassination attempts, Kansas has earned its reputation as one of the most hostile states in the nation when it comes to reproductive rights.

Last year, the state passed a TRAP law that nearly managed to put every clinic that performs abortions out of service by requiring onerous and unnecessary regulations, from mandating the size of doorways to demanding child-sized blood pressure cuffs.

This year, they are going to cut straight to the chase and do a full out abortion ban via a “Personhood Amendment.”

“We’re at a point, 40 years into this, that there shouldn’t be any confusion about what’s in there, in the mother’s womb,” committee Chairman Bruce Garren told ABC News. “Maybe in 1973, we thought it was a blob of tissue.”

No state has ever successfully passed an amendment declaring a fertilized egg has the same rights as a person, but Kansas is doing one thing that no other proposal has tried.  The amendment needs to be approved by a simple majority of voters in the state, but unlike Colorado and Mississippi, who both had their amendments voted down on election day, Kansas will have their vote on primary day, August 7th.  Primaries, which are notorious for much lower turnout than general elections, will restrict the number of people who are likely to turn out to vote, which could provide the edge that anti-choice activists need.

The amendment could be introduced as early as next week.

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5:51AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation, children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anybody else. Common sense would dictate that if children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help not tease or bully others. It should not matter if a child comes from a FAMILY of a mother and father, 2 mothers or 2 fathers as long as they are loved.
Sex Education should be taught from LGBT, Contraceptives, Masturbation and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier and earlier. Children should be taught the joys and the consequences of having sex ( Pregnancy,STD, AIDS ) But you say when will this be taught. Cut out Geography or History early on then put it back in and remove Geometry and Algebra. They can learn this in college if need be. I believe this is a solution. Nipping it in the Bud so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principals where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. If children grow up with these principals I believe business and government would benefit greatly. Within a few generations this world would be a much better place to live in.

5:57PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

Lee W ~ 2:11pm PST on Jan 24, 2012
Nancy - don't be too sure. The initiative almost passed in Mississippi; far too close so don't be too sure. This is one of the reasons why Progressives and anyone left of the middle need to make sure they get out and vote. Unfortunately, it is far too common for voters to think in terms of "it will never pass" that gets Democrats into trouble. We must never take for granted anything while Republicans and Teabs wreak havoc on the 'Land of the Free'.

Lee, you hit the nail on the proverbial head!

2:11PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

Nancy - don't be too sure. The initiative almost passed in Mississippi; far too close so don't be too sure. This is one of the reasons why Progressives and anyone left of the middle need to make sure they get out and vote. Unfortunately, it is far too common for voters to think in terms of "it will never pass" that gets Democrats into trouble. We must never take for granted anything while Republicans and Teabs wreak havoc on the 'Land of the Free'.

10:34PM PST on Jan 23, 2012

I demand that a clause get put in that Tea Partiers and GOP lose their personhood if this gets passed.

3:41AM PST on Jan 23, 2012

We are talking about Kansas - one of the embarrassments of the country.

10:25AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

It's a blob of cells. This will never pass.

10:25AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

Ahhh, the very simplistic approach to one shoe size fits all. Katherine H. says she upholds life as do most humans. In fact, the pro-choice are very much pro-life and we fight for the living, breathing little beings that come into this world. We want them to have a chance to live, to eat, to be loved, to prosper through education, nurturing, etc. But, tragically, all too often, these little precious and innocent children are dropped in trash dumpsters, toilets, trash cans, murdered by their parents, raped by a family member, physically and emotionally abused by a family member/s. Women don't just choose to get pregnant then just choose to abort, Katherine. Abortion is not something most women easily decide on, but all who do decide have determined that is the only option available for them due to whatever their circumstances are. And who in the world are you to judge Katherine. Roe vs Wade is the law (has been since 1973) and regardless of your beliefs (which don't amount to a hill of beans) will likely remain law. Stand by your convictions as we all must but realize that your beliefs are yours and yours alone as long as Roe vs Wade remains law.

10:00AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

Katherine, good luck being able to CHOOSE to not have children if all birth control and contraception becomes illegal which is what a personhood amendment would do. And, as I've asked you elsewhere, how many "abortion centers" have you been to that you know the reasons women go there? Have you ever tried to find out how many women die in childbirth? Or how many women died from unsafe, unground abortions before they became legal?

1:16PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Umm I have to respond to all you people who responded to me even though you all commented a couple days ago; seriously, if I were to fight for the lives of babies, do you think that I would abandon them after they were born? I adopt and I foster. When I get older I'm not going to have children I'm going to adopt. I'm going to advocate for every child to have a chance to live and enjoy life. Including the unwanted ones. My opinion is... your right to choose ends when it's your choice whether to take the life of another or not. If a mother can kill their child, well, why can't I kill my mother? She annoys the %#@$ out of me sometimes! It's my right, isn't it? (Just kidding Mom, I love you just like you love me, hint hint all you critics) Stay out of my business! "U.S. Out of My Family!" NO! It's her right to live, and it's NOT my right to take her life. Just like it's a baby's right to live and NOT the mothers right to take their life. OK, well what about rape and all that? Most people who walk into abortion centers go because of their own choice to get pregnant. Not an accident, not rape, none of that. Their decision to get pregnant, then decide to kill the child. And women die in abortions even now. Haven't you heard the news? It's happening more often! So, I don't think it's logical to encourage abortions. There we go. That's my opinion, and that's in the very basis of our country. Take the Declaration: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equa

10:02AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Never ceases to amaze me that we put all kinds of effort and money into controlling the population of every species but our own, yet WE are the ones who are overpopulating and slowly destroying this planet.

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