“Pro-Life” Kansas Governor Cuts Funding for Dying Infants


A national study published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that child welfare in Kansas is slipping fast.  The state dropped to 40th in infant mortality, and has the terrible distinction of being the worst in the country in terms of African-American infant mortality.  1 in 5 children are living in poverty in Kansas, the lowest level in seven years.

Clearly, something needs to be done to improve the well-being of Kansas’ children.  But how did Republican Governor Sam Brownback respond?  He is gutting the agency responsible for child protective services, child support enforcement and child, adult and family well being services, after a failed attempt to slash funding for Head Start.

According to Keri Ann Rinker of Kansas NOW,

The state was on track to close 9 [Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services centers], citing agency cost savings.  Public outcry has prevented one of those closures.  The City Council of Lawrence, Kansas has agreed to pick up the state’s tab and fund their own office to serve the most needy within their community.

Ironically enough, Brownback is still finding money to fund faith-based initiatives.  This is despite the fact that pastors gathered to protest the proposed service center closings — apparently not the kind of interfaith cooperation that Brownback had in mind.

Reducing child poverty is one of Brownback’s “roadmap for Kansas,” but it should be apparent that cutting services for vulnerable children is not the way to lift children out of destitution.  It’s hypocrisy that would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious, but sadly, this shows how much the “pro-life” governor values infants once they’ve left their mothers’ bodies.  Apparently children are only worth protecting when they’re in the womb.

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Deborah L.
Deborah L6 years ago

And it's going to get worse the more babies that are born into a life of hardship and poverty. Thanks all you busybody radical right wingers. Perhaps it is time to force all those pro-lifers to adopt all those unwanted pregnancies they force women to carry to term. Tell them, you wanted it, you got it. Just like the Toyota ads..

Carol Fyfewilson

Unconscionable bordering criminal!!

Christine S.


Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers6 years ago

Pro life should mean through all of life!

Hayley Zacheis
Hayley Zacheis6 years ago

Now that is ironic. When you're "pro-life", it's COMPLETELY horrific to kill a bunch of cells, but as soon as that baby is born, it's okay to let it die? These people exasperate me more and more every day.

Veronica F.
Veronica F6 years ago

Life does not begin at conception. A clump of cells does not a viable life make.

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan6 years ago

So let these jerks pay for the services out of there own pocket , this guy is a total looser, he it is people like him & the rest of his lousy officals that is tearing america apart, So why are the taxpayers paying for major medical for the Insane Cheney, why keep him alive

Sue Horwood
.6 years ago

As always politicians speak out of both sides of their mouths. Taking care of our children should be the most important thing we ever do. Taking care of sick and needy children of others should be the right thing to do too. Pro life seems to stop once the child is born.

Miranda Lyon
Miranda Lyon6 years ago

All too often it seems many (not all) people who name themselves "pro life" only consider the lives of unborn children and care far too little about those children and their health, education, safety, once they are born.

Mystical Vixen
Mystical Vixen6 years ago

Murder is Murder period. Life begins at conception!