Kansas Governor Signs Massive Omnibus Anti-Choice Bill Into Law


The massive anti-choice omnibus bill passed by the Kansas legislature this month has now been signed into law, according to the Associated Press.

HB 2253 will strip tax credits for those who want to write off medical expenses associated with abortions, continue the state’s ban on all abortions after 20 weeks, even in rape cases or cases of fetal anomalies, extend so-called “conscience protections” for those who say they are being forced to participate in actions that they “reasonably believe” might cause an abortion, provide patients with inaccurate medical information prior to terminating a pregnancy and even write into the constitution that “life” begins at the moment a sperm fertilizes and egg.

That’s exactly what Republican Governor Sam Brownback hoped to see. “All human life is sacred. It’s beautiful,” Brownback said at the bill signing ceremony. “With this, we continue to build this culture of life in our state.”

Brownback may see the bill as protecting the “sacred” and “beautiful,” but reproductive rights advocates recognize it as just another step in the legislative process to cut off access to full health care services. “This sweeping anti-abortion measure is part of a larger effort by politicians throughout the country to try to eliminate access to abortion, one law at a time, one state at a time,” said Jennifer Dalven, director of ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project in an email. “Make no mistake, this is yet another line of attack in the War on Women and should be a wake-up call to anyone who believes that our politicians should not interfere in private decision-making.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ella.warnock.7 Ella Warnock

    “write into the constitution that “life” begins at the moment a sperm fertilizes and egg.”

    Oh, for . . . good god almighty, nobody even KNOWS when this happens. But we’re going to put it in the CONSTITUTION? Well, they’d better get busy lining up some legal representation for all those little frozen zygo . . . uh, I mean BABIES in storage in Kansas. Need to get busy finding women to be implanted with these little miracles.

    “Brownback said at the bill signing ceremony. “With this, we continue to build this culture of life in our state.”

    You’re NOT building life by banning abortion for fetal anomalies or in cases of rape. You know, there’s a reason these kinds of things have always been acknowledged as exceptions. It’s only when the antis decided that they needed to be “consistent” that we started getting resistant to perfectly acceptable situations when abortion should be considered. Women do not need to be “talked into” forced birth from a rape, to save their souls or what-the-hell-ever. Families need to decide whether they’re able emotionally, mentally, and financially capable of taking on what can be the massive responsibility of a disabled or ill child. That kind of thing can absolutely destroy a family and should be a decision that only they are allowed to make. Especially in cases like these, the arrogance of having someone else, or the STATE, decide what your future will be in regards to childbearing is BREATHTAKING. It’s just beyond comprehension.

    “extend so-called “conscience protections” for those who say they are
    being forced to participate in actions that they “reasonably believe”
    might cause an abortion,”

    Well, that’s just it, isn’t it? What, exactly, is reasonable?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

      Actually, no, the point is conscience protections for patients who say they are being forced to participate in actions that they ‘reasonably believe’ unfairly affect their well-being, are less important than conscience protections for doctors, pharmacists et al. And, as it ONLY affects one group of humans, that is CLEARLY discrimination.

      Besides that, this life clause is completely irrelevant to any consistency they decided they may have needed. Their life clause imperils the lives of women at the same time it gives more rights to fetuses than anyone born. So, I would say they’re heading farther AWAY from consistency.